Erik ten Hag already knows the ideal Rasmus Højlund alternative for Manchester United

Manchester United may be making progress in the transfer window, but a crucial signing remains unfulfilled.

After weeks of chasing, Mason Mount finally arrived and has already shown the new dynamism he will add to the midfield in his debut in the friendly win over Leeds. The goalkeeping situation looks set to be resolved soon, with United closing in on Andre Onana to replace the departed David de Gea.

Both should prove to be very smart additions that will add more quality to a team that needed upgrades to build on the progress that Erik ten Hag made in his first season. The campaign was an uplifting one as it saw an end to a six-year trophy drought and a return to Champions League football, but United remain a considerable distance away from challenging for the Premier League title.

No matter how much quality is added elsewhere on the pitch, United won’t be close to closing the gap on Manchester City unless they bring in a top striker in the summer. It was a position that worried Ten Hag in his first year and makes his achievements all the more impressive.

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United pretty much didn’t have a proper attacking option all season. Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly not fit for Ten Hag’s team and went in a mood halfway through, Anthony Martial spent the majority of the season on the sidelines and Wout Weghorst just wasn’t very good.

It was Marcus Rashford who was responsible for getting the vast majority of goals and was often tasked with playing up front despite being better at coming in from the left. If it wasn’t for Rashford’s roaring return to form, the season wouldn’t have gone so well.

Only Aston Villa and Fulham scored less than United’s meager return of 58 against the teams that finished in the top 10. It is vital that a capable striker is finally added to Ten Hag’s ranks to ease the strain on Rashford’s shoulders, offer more attacking flexibility and for to fire them up on the table.

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