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Five alternatives to Radamel Falcao for Manchester United

| 30.11.2014

It is fair to say that Colombian loan signing Radamel Falcao, hasn’t been the hit that Louis van Gaal or fans expected. True, he has struggled to recover from a serious knee injury, sustaining other niggling problems, so it has probably been an error of judgement on the Manchester United board’s behalf.

The club are 4/1 to win a major trophy this season, though the general perception is that they need at least two in-form strikers to compete.

Should Falcao be sent back to Monaco when his loan finishes, or before, and with Robin van Persie’s time at United rumoured to be coming to an end, our experts have begun to wonder what the future holds for the Old Trafford attack.

Coral therefore, suggest five frontmen who could come in and make the impact that Falcao has failed to do so far.

Edinson Cavani
A bit of an obvious one, though the PSG man could do the business. However, he is in hot form for the French champions this season, and seems to have resolved any past issues he had with Zlatan Ibrahimovic occupying the central striking berth.

Any fee for Cavani will likely see Van Gaal quoted in the region of £50m, though, with the Uruguayan netting 11 goals in 19 matches this term.

Saido Berahino
Tipped to become the next big thing up front for England, West Bromwich Albion’s in-form striker Berahino has bagged seven in 12 Premier League appearances so far this season, which recently earned him a call-up to the senior Three Lions squad.

United have a habit of poaching players from other clubs when they have had a good spell, and their treble success in 1999, was partly courtesy of buying Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa. They would easily be able to afford any fee for Berahino which would likely be £20m maximum.

Harry Kane
The Red Devils have a history of buying Tottenham’s top players, which has included Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov in the past.

Kane is gradually developing into a top talent, and is very much in the mould of United’s former Bulgarian hitman. He has 11 in all competitions this term, and should Van Gaal decide to move, again the price is likely to be around £20m.

Ayoze Perez
Newcastle’s summer signing from Tenerife, who cost a bargain £1.5m, has been in sterling form this season so far, and should it continue, teams could be tempted to make a move.

While the Magpies are sure to make a considerable profit, he could fit into Van Gaal’s team with ease, and his style of football should suit the Red Devils.

James Wilson
Perhaps an outside-of-the-box suggestion, though, big things are expected from United’s 18-year-old.

Wilson scored at the end of last season on his debut against Hull City, bagging a brace, and is being tipped to take over from Van Persie when he leaves the club. A top talent, whose development United should fast-track.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.