Replacing Rooney with Lewandowski doesn't make much sense for Manchester United

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United will reportedly attempt to sign the Polish striker this summer, perhaps as a replacement for Wayne Rooney, but this wouldn't suit either Lewandowski or United themselves.

Robert Lewandowski scored in his 12th consecutive Bundesliga game at the weekend, it was his 15th goal in 16 games since the start of 2013, and his 29th goal in all competitions this season for Dortmund.

Whilst other big name strikers like Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie have stuttered a little in recent weeks after blistering starts to their campaigns, Lewandowski has simply got better and better as the year has gone on.

With the 24 year in outrageous form, and likely to be on the move this summer, there has been plenty of speculation about where he might end up, with Manchester United the English side most frequently linked with the Polish striker.

United already have four excellent forwards on their books, and the presumption is that one or both of Wayne Rooney or Javier Hernandez will leave this summer if Lewandowski is to come to Old Trafford. However bringing the Dortmund player in as a replacement for Rooney does not make much sense, as they are very different players.

Rooney's ability to drop deep and make the play from midfield has been regularly used this season by Sir Alex Ferguson, and the England striker is the only one of United's front quartet able to do this.

Lewandowski is perhaps closest to Robin Van Persie in terms of playing style, and Ferguson would have to change his system to accommodate both the Polish player and Van Persie in a line-up that had previously included Wayne Rooney.

The likelihood would be that Van Persie would have to move wider or drop a little deeper, something that he is capable of, but that would seem a strange change given the Dutchman's prolific season at the head of United's attack. Rooney's flexibility has been crucial to this, and it is not something Lewandowski would be able to replace.

United will likely look to sign a midfielder as well to add some attacking intent from deeper in their formation, but perhaps their summer would be better spent working on Rooney's form and fitness to ensure he is at his best next season rather than buying another striker, however good Lewandowski is.

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