Five replacements for Wayne Rooney Manchester United should pursue

Robert Lewandowski, Mario Mandzukic, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan, Karim Benzema: Who is more likely to play for Manchester United?

Wayne Rooney’s contract will expire in June 2015 and the United forward continues to avoid further contract talks. Why Rooney does that is anybody’s guess: Is he looking for more money? Or does he want to transfer? Or both? No one knows for sure.

No one knows how this will pan out. But just in case Wayne Rooney does leave United, here is a list of 5 possible replacements for David Moyes to consider.

Robert Lewandowski

As we recently reported the Polish international will most likely stay in the Bundesliga and sign with Bayern Munich after his contract expires with Borussia Dortmund.

But there is always the possibility for David Moyes to snatch Robert Lewandowski away from Munich. In eight years the prolific striker has played for five teams so he might not look for comfort but for the next step or for an increased pay check.

If Moyes can convince Klopp with a high transfer fee and Lewandowski with a pay rise why should he say no?

His appreciation for English football may fit that theory. Lewandowski once said: “One day I would like to play in Premier League. It would be a great experience.”

Mario Mandzukic

Let’s go with the flow and assume that Lewandowski will sign with Munich, the days of Mario Mandzukic might be over then. His playing time is decreasing anyway with Pep Guardiola preferring Mario Gotze or Thomas Muller as a False 9. The addition of Lewandowski may be the dagger.

But Mandzukic could be the better player. With his 6 feet 2 inches and his fancy footwork he is a beast in front of the goal. This season he has recorded 13 goals despite playing not every game. 

Marco Reus

Not a real prototype of a forward but a versatile striker or winger, who could support Robin van Persie when he comes back healthy and allow Shinji Kagawa more space in the centre.

United are reportedly scouting Reus with it reported that Moyes will make the German his main priority when the transfer window opens next year. 

And Moyes is right, the 24-year-old player from Dortmund would be an huge upgrade for Manchester United's left side recording 11 goals in 19 games this season.

Ilkay Gundogan

Another player who is not a striker. But maybe it is time to change the formula. United have Van Persie, Hernandez and Welbeck, so why not spend the money in a position where they need it more? Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan will help to reinforce the midfield to make a change possible.

Unfortunately Gundogan is still recovering from a long lasting back injury. So there a some red flags but there are also some huge upsides, although Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested.

The 23-year-old German international once led Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and helped them to become Champions League runners-up last year. He tops that with excellent dribbling skills.

Karim Benzema

Enough with the change. Moyes might stick with what has been successful and sign a true striker. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has a lot of similarities to Mario Mandzukic. Big, strong and physical in front of the goal but with an estimated market value of £30m he is more expensive – £10m to be exact.

But Benzema fits the bill. Manchester United almost signed him before so why should their desire for the French international have changed? He is very consistent netting six goals and recording three assists in his last six La Liga games showing that if the team around him clicks he can be a real asset

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