In the past few days there has been speculation that Manchester United are looking to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in the January transfer window.
Benteke has made no secret of his desire to join ‘a big club,’ presumably meaning one that is competing for honours and/or playing Champions League football.
The Belgian front man had handed in a transfer request at the end of the season, only to withdraw it and sign a new contract. That was probably Aston Villa protecting an asset and ensuring they get as much money for him as possible which was a wise move by those at Villa Park.
Tottenham and Arsenal have also been linked with the man who scored a total of 23 goals in his debut season in English football, but what would happen if Manchester United bought him?
It has been relatively clear that David Moyes has nailed his colours to the mast in terms of who he regards as his main striker in Robin Van Persie, even saying that Wayne Rooney would be cover for him at one stage, but there still seems to be a place for him in the side, but would things change with the signing of Benteke? And if not, would Benteke want be prepared to play second fiddle to the Dutchman?
It’s difficult to see David Moyes moving away from the system that is currently being adopted with a loan striker and a man in the supporting role, where he also has options in Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa, though the latter seems to be out of favour at the moment for some reason.
It’s hard to see Benteke drop into the supporting role, more likely Van Persie but that could be seen as a tad wasteful given a lot of Van Persie’s best work comes from lurking on the shoulder of the last defender. It is hard to see one of them will put up with other being constantly picked ahead of the other.
If Benteke were to sign, how would they play? Would United to decide to become a more physical side in the final third when using the Belgian and using the power he has to bully the opposition’s defence?
He could certainly be a good signing for United, and deliver a goal return that would be expected of a striker at the Premier League champions. It’s curious to think how Moyes would use him, with Van Persie or without?
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