Manchester United struggled to score enough goals to challenge for any major trophies last season, even if they did achieve their primary objective of qualifying for the Champions League in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge.
Wayne Rooney was their lowest top goal-scorer since Frank Stapleton in 1982, scoring just 14 times as United comfortably finished in fourth position in the table.
It was their solid defensive record and the way they stepped up in big games that saw them over the line, rather than having a prolific goal-scorer within their ranks.
Now the Colombian has returned to his parent club after the unsuccessful loan spell in which he scored just four goals, United are after a new striker in the summer transfer window to bolster their options and make sure they score more goals next season.
It could also be Van Gaal’s final chance to cash in on Van Persie, whose contract expires in 2016, which would leave just Rooney and 19-year-old James Wilson as their only recognised senior strikers.
Benzema would appear to be a fantastic option for United as they look to acquire a world-class forward. He has scored over 20 goals in his last five seasons at the Bernabeu, only failing to once since moving to the Spanish capital in 2008 from Lyon.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously tried to sign Benzema before he moved to Madrid in 2008, per the Guardian, and with new manager Rafa Benitez looking to put his own stamp on the squad, the French forward could be on his way out this summer.
Benzema’s movement and goal threat mean he would be a perfect option to lead the line in Van Gaal’s 4-3-3 system next season, but whether Woodward’s meeting with his agent, Karim Djaziri, means anything at all, remains to be seen.