Don’t expect any strikers to leave Manchester United

Danny Welbeck

Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Danny Welbeck can become a goal machine for the club, despite rumours he could be axed this summer.

Every day there seems to be a new story relating to someone like Falcao or Robert Lewandowski joining Manchester United and how Sir Alex Ferguson can accommodate them, keeping everyone else happy.

Some suggestions have been that he’ll have to axe Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck but both of those players now seem to be safe from being shown the exit sign at Old Trafford.

If any of the strikers were going to be axed then it would have arguably needed to be Welbeck, because he has the lowest goal tally of any forward at the club this season; five goals in 46 matches.

However, he’s safe because Sir Alex Ferguson has made some comments, reported in the Metro, which seem to suggest he’s not thinking of moving the 22-year-old on during the summer.

“Last year he had 12 goals, this year he’s only got two, so that’s a big drop – he still applies himself really well and still looks to score, still looks to get a chance and with that kind of courage he will eventually become a regular goalscorer,” said the United boss in the Metro.

It’s a big drop because the majority of the time he’s been played out of position, forced to play certain roles for the good of the team which have suffocated his chances to get into good goalscoring areas.

Those comments lead to the suggestion that if any forward is going to make way then it will be Chicharito, which is another flawed thought.

Hernandez has bagged 16 goals this season in all competitions, coming of the bench frequently but it makes no sense to axe him ahead of Welbeck when he’s been clearly more effective in front of goal.

So through a simple logical process, it’s fair to suggest that if Welbeck is safe then Hernandez is safe and there is no way in a million years that Ferguson would ever force Wayne Rooney or Robin Van Persie to make way.

United would be very stupid if they had the chance to sign someone like Lewandowski on a long term deal or any other similar stature of striker.

That sort of signing doesn’t mean the end for someone like Hernandez who could be sent out on loan, because even then it would still be a very big error for the club to sell him in the summer.

Ferguson is old enough and wise enough to know that any squad with five strikers, all wanting to start games, is going to cause more trouble than it’s worth.

Loan deals are the only option here because it’s becoming increasingly clear that Ferguson doesn’t want to sell any of his front men, losing them on a permanent basis which is a decision that could backfire on him.

He will not pass up the opportunity to send out another statement in the transfer market, but he’s not going to shoot himself in the foot in the process.

What sort of movement do you expect up front for United this summer?

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