United’s need to recruit a proven striker is all too obvious, especially after what has happened with Cristiano Ronaldo over the past few days.
The Red Devils’ original plan was to wait until next summer to bring in a striker, with the January transfer window notoriously difficult to negotiate.
However, with Ronaldo’s contract terminated by mutual agreement, winter recruitment needs will take precedence over any other plans the club have already put in place.
Felix is impressed
A number of names have been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with the club expected to keep tabs on their World Cup stars.
One player to impress on Thursday was Portugal star João Felix, who scored a calm and composed second-half goal to give Portugal a 3-2 win over Ghana.
Joao Felix vs Ghana stats:
100% long pass completed
Completed 23 passes
Win 4 ground duels
Icy finish. 🧊 pic.twitter.com/fiAfFNPMLu
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 24, 2022
Felix’s struggles at Atletico Madrid this season have been well documented, with reports of a breakdown in the relationship between the striker and manager Diego Simeone widespread.
The 23-year-old has started just eight times in 21 games this season and has scored just four goals so far, with the Madrid club open to his departure in January.
Against Ghana, Felix shone more than Ronaldo, who also scored from a controversial penalty decision. His finish is a beautiful thing.
United & Felix can help each other
The Portugal international had plenty of work to do after receiving a well-timed through ball from Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, who deftly hit the charging keeper.
Felix touched the ball a total of 44 times and completed 100% of his long passes.
He didn’t shirk his defensive duties either, winning four ground duels and completing one clearance and one tackle.
The former Benfica star completed 23 passes throughout the game with a pass success rate of 77%.
His icy finishing underscores his quality in front of goal, while his youth means he still has a long way to go. His potential is there for all to see and it would be a world of good for him to leave the La Liga giants.
Erik 10 Hag needs a forward and Felix might be the option he needs. He needs to continue in the same way, both for himself and for potential suitors.