The 20-year-old monster who could be Moyes’ first signing

Andreas Cornelius could easily turn out to be one of David Moyes’ first signings as Manchester United boss.

United were reportedly keeping tabs on the striker earlier in the season, facing competition from another Premier League club... Everton.

Moyes seems to be a keen admirer of the 20-year-old who is literally a monster with his huge size and presence in attack which could offer United something they don’t already have up front.

It would be an investment more than anything else because Moyes is going to be under pressure straight away at Old Trafford to add experience and guaranteed quality to his side ahead of the new campaign.

However, United showed earlier in the season with the example of Wilfried Zaha that they are willing to spend big on players who can develop over the near future.

Of course, that was a Sir Alex Ferguson signing but it’s an example of a trend which could continue under Moyes and he could choose to go after someone he had an eye on in an Everton shirt.

Cornelius has a creditable record for FC Copenhagen in the Danish league this season of 18 goals in 30 appearances.

What that suggests is that he’s much more than just a big target man who a side can lump the ball up to in order to take the pressure away from their own defence.

He also has international experience with Denmark which is significant because he’s still a very young man and he’s scored his first goal for his country.

That shows he’s not going to choke at the top level, where pressure is quite frequently at its highest, sometimes affecting the way that players, especially young men, perform.

He’s dropped hints already that he sees himself playing in England in the future and it could be in United’s best interests to snap him up, while he’s still valued at under the £10 million mark.

They will face competition for him but that is unlikely to come from their main rivals, which makes United the strongest team in for him which should grab the attention of his agent and him personally.

It’s a gamble because United would be investing in his development over the next few years over anything else but it could be one Moyes is willing to take now that he has a fair bit of money to spend.

Cornelius certainly isn’t the answer if Wayne Rooney leaves United but it’s just another example of the similarity between Ferguson and Moyes when it comes to laying the foundations for each transition of a United first team.

Would Cornelius be a good signing for United?

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