Should Manchester United be gambling on £15 million striker Charlie Austin?

The QPR striker is surely deserving of a big move before Tuesday?

Manchester United lost in the Premier League yesterday, suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City.

The transfer window slams shut on Tuesday evening and at the moment United still need to bring in some more players if they are to have a real impact on the 2015-16 campaign.

In particular, they need a striker.

Wayne Rooney has struggled in the league this season, despite his Champions League treble this week.

They sold Robin van Persie this summer and Radamel Falcao’s loan spell was not extended – they are short in the striker department.

A number of names have been linked with the role, usually big names at big prices. However, if Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the club, would he have made a move for QPR striker Charlie Austin?

It has been reported by the London Evening Standard that Austin is available for £15 million and he has been linked with a string of English clubs.

United used to gamble on such players but gambles are no longer in the remit at Old Trafford after their post-Sir Alex struggles.

But Austin is a natural goalscorer with strength, hunger and power – with the supply that United could afford him, there is surely a chance he could improve on the 18 goals he scored in 36 games last term.

Austin would be a gamble, but at this point in the window, it is hard to see why United do not throw the dice.

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