Six Manchester United strikers ranked from best to worst – Dominic Booth


A big question for many Manchester United fans since Romelu Lukaku’s departure for Inter Milan has been how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored goals for his team.

And although Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been pushing back since the start of the 2019/20 season, and lately by Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood as well, there is still talk of a United swoop striker this summer.

Harry Kane’s ties remain, and while there is much talk of extending Ighalo’s loan agreement, it’s very likely that United could change their name.

But what about the current term options available to Solskjaer, as it stands?

Here, MEN Sport has ranked United’s advanced options – including wide men – from worst to best:

6. Tahith Chong

Chong certainly has a battle in his hands to win a regular spot on Solskjaer’s team after signing a new contract which means he will not be leaving the club permanently this summer.

The 20-year-old winger has repeatedly presented his talents for the under 23s, but has not yet fully convinced for the first team. There are players in front of him in hierarchical order and it is up to Chong to prove his worth in the months and years to come – whenever football resumes.

5. Daniel James

Earlier in the season, James would have been higher on this list. But the Welshman is certainly a major asset for Solskjaer with his meteoric pace which is particularly effective in big games when United is seated in depth and launches rapid counterattacks.

And although his return from goals and assists has started to wane over the season, a strike during United’s last outing – this 5-0 LASK demolition in the Europa League – could signal a return to form for James . He is only 22 years old and can still improve and climb in this ranking.

A possible problem for the former Swansea man would arise if Jadon Sancho were recruited by Borussia Dortmund in his right-hand position. James is another who must be ready for a challenge.

4. Mason Greenwood

At 18, Greenwood is almost certain to be on this list in the future. That says something about his ability that he is already a trusted team member in Solskjaer’s eyes – and scored 12 senior goals in his first full campaign.

He has shown himself capable of playing on the right flank, or in the middle and all his teammates rave about his potential.

Solskjaer must now solve Greenwood’s puzzle in his quest for a center forward transfer. Will it affect adolescent development or help him reach new levels?

3. Odion Ighalo

Few people could have realistically predicted the impact that Ighalo had had in such a short time at United.

Many expressed doubts when the Nigerian finalized a loan from the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in the hours that diminish on the January due date.

But Ighalo is already a cult hero in the eyes of many united supporters. In terms of what you would expect from a traditional No. 9, Ighalo has shown it: holding the ball, bringing in teammates and scoring goals. It deserves its place at the top of this list.

Odion Ighalo after Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City at Old Trafford

2. Anthony Martial

Solskjaer has shown enormous confidence in Martial.

Last summer was the turning point when, following the sale of Lukaku, the Norwegian handed over the No. 9 jersey and a more central role to Martial, hitherto quite peripheral under José Mourinho.

Since then, United has seen a good return from the Frenchman. It may not be entirely natural as a center-forward, but his 16 goals in all competitions this season have justified Solskjaer’s faith. He is a class player and a key player for United.

1. Marcus Rashford

Whether on the left flank, in the middle or elsewhere on the front line, Rashford has taken his game to new levels in the past 12 months.

Solskjaer’s appointment appeared to revive Rashford’s form and, unless there was a slightly fallow fall when his strike partner Martial was injured, the 22-year-old’s form has been glowing since.

He is now a real talisman for his beloved United, a leader and an off-the-field model. United should be happy to have a player like Rashford in their ranks.


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