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Why Sir Alex Should Sign Lewandowski …and swerve Robin Van Persie

With Manchester United trying to boost their attack this summer, who would be a better signing – Robin van Persie or Robert Lewandowski?

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been looking at players to help score goals all summer, shown with their capture of Shinji Kagawa and pursuit of Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, which looks like being completed in the very near future.

But whilst these players add an offensive dimension to the midfield, Ferguson is looking to bolster his striking options. Now, Ferguson isn’t really looking to replace any strikers – Michael Owen is the only exit so far – but you can see why he wants to bring in some more competition. Javier Hernandez wasn’t able to replicate his debut season form and bagged 12 goals, the same amount as youngster Danny Welbeck who broke into the team. Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov scored just 9, though from his 21 appearances that’s not a bad strike-rate – the former Spurs man is known to be unhappy at Old Trafford though.

Which brings us to the main question – who’s the better option, van Persie or Lewandowski?

United have been touted as the favourite for van Persie in the media as rivals Manchester City pull out of the race, but would Wenger really sell to Manchester United? Van Persie would certainly add a true goalscoring threat alongside Wayne Rooney as United look to wrestle the title back out of City’s grasp. Adding firepower could be the difference and as far as proven goalscorers go, van Persie is up there with the best.

Lewandowski on the other hand could be a signing NEXT summer, if you believe reports over the weekend. They could be willing to pay Dortmund £12m to buy him in 2013, allowing the Germans to keep their star striker for the Champions League campaign. Lewandowski’s reputation grew after an impressive showing at Euro 2012, where he scored in Poland’s opening game against Greece. He scored a sensational 30 goals in just 46 games for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season, and his strength and ability in the air could make him a real focal point of the United attack.

If it came down to the two, I’d edge towards Lewandowski. At just 23, £12m would be an absolute snip even if it meant waiting a year to secure him. Van Persie is a great player, but £20m for someone approaching their 30’s would leave United with no re-sale value – a definite risk, given how United have some financial issues.

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