David Moyes watched on as his team put in a staggering 81 crosses against the West London side on Sunday, but failed to create any clear chances from those crosses, leading many to question Moyes' tactical approach. United continued to hurl the ball into the box without any benefit, partly because the players on the pitch didn't suit the tactic.
Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez are not players suited to aerial battles, particularly against Fulham's 6ft 6in defender Dan Burn, who was dominant in the air throughout the day.
If Moyes is to persist with this approach, then he has to bring in target man in the summer. Hernandez has already voiced his discontent at playing a limited role, and if he does depart in the summer, then a strong, aerial presence must be brought in – but who?
The Aston Villa hitman has had a slightly disappointing second season in England, but would certainly be a great signing for United. Benteke not only offers the strength and aerial ability that United need, but also brings decent speed and good finishing too. He will cost upwards of £20m, but with a reported £200m budget at Moyes' disposal, Benteke would be worth it, particularly when you consider his immense potential.
The Paraguayan has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Spurs recently watching the Benfica striker. Cardozo possesses an incredible left foot as well as height and strength, and has a stunning record for the Portuguese side, where has scored 170 goals in just 272 games. With a rumoured asking price of just £10m, Cardozo represents a proven, experienced and cost-effective solution.
Schalke's Huntelaar has been linked with a move to the Premier League for years, and the Dutch international admitted recently that he still thinks about moving to England. The 30-year-old has bagged 81 goals in just 123 games for the Gelsenkirchen side, and whilst he isn't the strongest of centre forwards, he has great awareness inside the box and is a threat in the air, making him ideal for United's attack.
Another experienced Bundesliga hotshot, Kiessling has the prototypical strength and aerial ability to play a target man role, and Moyes has admitted that he tracked the German international during his time at Everton, and a big move to Old Trafford late in Kiessling's career could work very well for the Red Devils. Kiessling has racked up 125 goals since joining Bayer Leverkusen in 2006, and looks to be perfectly suited to English football.
United may have been linked with Toni Kroos, but signing Mandzukic from Bayern Munich would also make sense. The Croatian international has been outstanding for the Bavarian side over the past 18 months, but the impending arrival of Robert Lewandowski could see him leave the club in the summer. Arsenal and Chelsea are also believed to be interested, with an impressive 37 goals in 69 games for Pep Guardiola's side, and his goalscoring prowess would make him perfect for United.
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