Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently called Harry Kane “one of the best” in response to Roy Keane’s comments that Manchester United should sign the Tottenham striker.
United – who allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to join Inter Milan in the summer without signing attacking reinforcements – have scored just 10 Premier League goals this season (Premier League) and had only netted once in their opening two Europa League games.
The trend continued last night as they could only battle for a far from convincing 1-0 win against Partizan Belgrade.
Despite beating Partizan Belgrade thanks to Anthony Martial’s first-half penalty, the longstanding lack of fluency in United’s attack was evident. If they dominate possession, they struggle to create. The penalty, coming minutes before the interval, was their first shot on target of the night. It would be their only shot on target of the night (Whoscored). Having failed to register one against AZ Alkmaar earlier this month, they can count themselves lucky to go top of Group L.
In the end the all important three points were secured and it helped United to their first win away from home in 11 attempts (BBC) despite having less than two shots on target. Talk about being lucky.
If goals win games and United are struggling for goals, It would ideally make sense that they find a prolific goalscorer to seduce to Old Trafford. Which is why a closer look must be given on Solskjaer’s comments.
Like he rightly said, Kane is definitely one of the best and while it could just be a random statement, the fact that he mentioned the name openly shows he has some sort of admiration for the Tottenham forward.
During United’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday, former United skipper Keane claimed they should move for Tottenham star Kane – a suggestion put to the Norwegian ahead of the match against Partizan.
“Roy’s quite straightforward, isn’t he? For us, it’s working hard. Getting Anthony (Martial) back is going to be a massive boost for us and I’m sure when Anthony comes back that’ll help Marcus (Rashford) as well,” Solskjaer said.
“With the forwards we’ve got, with the pace and the skills, I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.
“There aren’t many (Robert) Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes. They’re like (Alan) Shearer, (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy – fantastic goalscorers.
“Ours are different types of players, but I have to say I like someone who can finish half a chance and he does that. He’s one of the best, but he’s a Tottenham player.”
United’s draw against Liverpool prompted a debate about Solskjaer’s striker situation, and pundit Roy Keane offered a simple solution:
“Just go and get Kane from Tottenham. Easy. They are in disarray. Just go and get him.”
Meanwhile, in his column this week, analyst Paul Merson said Kane will have to consider his future at Tottenham if he is to win trophies.
“If you are someone like Harry Kane, you’ve got to be sitting down at the end of the season and thinking: ‘What am I going to do? Am I going to stay here and win absolutely nothing? Or do I go on and try and win something in my career?’,” wrote Merson.
In reality, all narratives do make sense and it would appear the likes of Keane and Merson do have solid points. As a matter of fact, if United heed Keane’s advice and simply “just get Kane”, it would be a beneficial move not just for the Red Devils but for Kane himself and the club.
Why Kane’s move to United would be a win-win situation for both parties
Kane is literally one of the best forwards in world football and it’s not an exaggeration in any way. As a guaranteed 30 goal a season player (stats don’t lie) and a proven striker with elite finishing, Kane could be the oil that makes everyone “work” in a United attack that simply lacks that final touch and perfecting edge.
After-all, if a team do dominate possession and passes with no one to convert, it becomes a waste in the end and that continued pattern will eventually cause some “fright” for players to even get in goal-scoring positions for fear of becoming the scape-goat if they do miss their target. That has been the case for United for a while now.
Kane is never one to shy from taking a shot. Inside the box, outside the box, with his head and even while falling (literally) Kane can score from anywhere and that sort of confidence will only spread out across the United attack in no time. While the question of quality remains, it’s obvious there’s some mental block to United’s struggles upfront as well. And if Kane scores goals, United win games and winning games puts you higher on the table (not 13th) and gives you a closer chance of winning a trophy. Right? So problem solved for united. Over to Kane.
For all of his goals scored, the reality is that everyone plays to win and that aspect is where Kane has failed largely. He’s the biggest name in a Tottenham squad that seem to be “re-building” all the time and despite the burden of scoring majority of the goals, it all comes down to nothing in the end. Even as it stands, Tottenham are going through a rough patch as well and have been similarly inconsistent this season.
How many times do you see a player with over 100 career goals with no trophy to go with. Kane has 200 goals (Transfermarkt) to his name and doesn’t even have a solitary Premier League medal or even any trophy at all. Jamie Vardy of Leicester City has way less goals than his fellow countryman but already has a trophy to his name (the prestigious Premier League).
Simply put, Kane and his goals will put United and himself at a greater chance of winning trophies. Note that United haven’t been at their best since the post Ferguson era but have still managed to win the Europa League and FA Cup since that time. Kane might probably take them to breathing chance of the Premier League and who knows, that special trophy that just crossed your mind.
Also, there’s the issue of stature and influence as a player. While Tottenham have made themselves one of Premier League’s heavyweight in recent seasons, you still get that feeling a club like Tottenham (no disrespect) are not befitting of his calibre and he’ll be better off in a United side with more global fan-base, prestige and commercial value all together. That being said, United have also lost their appeal over the years and Kane would also help improve that to some extent.
Back to reality, Kane is still a Tottenham player and it would cost “ridiculous” money for any club to take him away from Tottenham. But if there are few clubs with the purchasing power to get Kane, then United are definitely one of them and must now give Solskjaer’s comments a closer look. If you want to be the best, simply go for the best.