Manchester United the perfect destination for Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino

Instead of Tottenham or Liverpool the West Brom striker should head to Old Trafford.

The performances of West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino have been a massive positive for The Baggies this season. The Burundi born striker has shown real maturity above his age in recent months to currently lead the goalscoring chart for Englishmen in the Premier League.

But of course, with that type of performance, comes a problem for a team like West Brom. Because now, the big boys are set to come crawling.

The likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been linked in recent weeks with his signature. At the weekend that interest is likely to have heightened when Berahino stated the following:

"It doesn’t mean I am going to leave this year or next year, it’s just an ambition I have. I shall take each game but my ambition is to play Champions League, to play senior football for England, to play in big tournaments, World Cups and Euros. I have a big vision and hope to reach my goals. Leaving West Brom? If that’s what it comes to, it will have to be that."

It prompted West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace to make it clear his star commodity was not for sale, despite the rumours and comments to the contrary.

But why should Berahino go to Manchester United and not Tottenham or Liverpool?

First of all Manchester United really need another young striker. The future of the club's forward positions looks delicate. They allowed Danny Welbeck a transfer in the summer. Javier Hernandez does not appear to be in the long-term plans of the club. Robin van Persie is deteriorating with age, Wayne Rooney becoming a midfielder and Radamel Falcao is made of glass. James Wilson is a hope for the future, but looks a long way off the finished article.

United therefore need to consider other options and with their history of English striking talent such as Rooney, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham etc the arrival of Berahino would be a real boost for the club.

As for Berahino, he says Champions League football is his main aim. Like it or not, in the long run Manchester United are the more likely team to make it into the Champions League consistently.

Liverpool already look like struggling to repeat the success of last year while Tottenham are perennial nearly men. United will be back among Europe's elite in no time.

For Berahino, the question is, will he be with them.

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