Two reasons Llorente is a shrewd bit of business by Man Utd

Ex-Tottenham Spaniard Fernando Llorente could be a part of the Man Utd squad this season. Here are two reasons why he would be a good addition to Solskjaer’s squad.

Fernando Llorente is closing in on 200 career goals at the age of 34. The Spaniard has been rumoured to join Man Utd since deadline day, as he currently finds himself a free-agent.

With Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and as it stands, Alexis Sanchez, why would bringing in a 34-year-old striker be beneficial to Man Utd’s bid to get top four this season?

Aerial ability

He certainly doesn’t fit the bill for the type of player that Solskjaer favours working with. However, without Romelu Lukaku the Reds find themselves without a target man. Standing at 6 foot 3, he could be the only forward capable of turning in headers from the elite crossers such as Andreas Pereira and Diogo Dalot that Man Utd have in their ranks.

Many fans worry that the introduction of a striker would steal game time away from Man Utd’s young prodigy Mason Greenwood. However, at 34 years of age and unlikely to sign a deal of more than one year with the club, Solskjaer will use him as the right tool for the right job. For example, 0-0 against a team with tall defenders with acres of space on the wings would allow the Reds to have a target to him from those positions.

Squad depth

With Romelu Lukaku departing for Inter Milan and Alexis Sanchez in talks with the exact same Italians, Solskjaer would only have three strikers at his disposal.

Man Utd’s board over summer lived up to the fans expectations by disappointing them massively by strengthening one area whilst weakening the other. Should Man Utd see Martial, Rashford, Greenwood or multiple at once receive injuries, there would be a huge cause for concern upfront.

As the transfer window is now shut, Man Utd’s two options are pulling youth into first-team football or signing a player without a club.