Ratcliffe could instantly replace Hojlund at Man Utd by signing £87m “Rolls-Royce”

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Manchester United’s lacklustre attacking performance this season is widely recognised, as evidenced by the fact that just three sides have scored less league goals than them.

Rasmus Hojlund, 20, is the player under the most scrutiny though; he only joined the Red Devils last summer for a whopping £72 million.

With just two goals in 16 Premier League games since leaving Atalanta, the Danish striker has fallen short of expectations.

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Erik ten Hag is eager to fix the center-forward issue by searching the market for a new star to head the line, even though those goals have come in his last two games.

In order to fill in for Hojlund, let’s look at three potential strikers that Manchester United might sign soon.

Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy #1

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It appears that Serhou Guirassy is among the greatest acquisitions on the market in terms of value, as Football Insider reports that Manchester United is considering a January fee of just £15 million to sign the Stuttgart star.

With 17 goals and two assists in just 14 games this season, the 27-year-old striker has been among the Bundesliga’s most productive players.

Top scorers in the top five leagues in Europe


Scored goals

Harry Kane, #1


2 – Kylian Mbappe


Third, Lautaro Martinez


4 Serhou Guirassy


5 Inger Haaland


Figures from Whoscored.

These figures completely eclipse Hojlund’s, and his consistency in finishing shots in the goal would make him an affordable and feasible replacement for the Dane.

2 Ajax by Brian Brobbey

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Ajax’s Brian Brobbey, a former colleague of Ten Hag with the Dutch team, is possibly a wildcard candidate as the next striker who could knock Hojlund down the ladder.

According to a report from the Mirror at the end of last week, United intends to pursue Brobbey this summer.

This season, the 21-year-old has established himself as a vital member of the Ajax team and has a stellar record of 13 goal contributions in 16 Eredivisie starts.

Ten Hag’s record for Brobbey







Played minutes




Time spent on each goal


Transfermarkt statistics.

Not only would Brobbey score goals, but his ability to create havoc in the last third would also benefit others around him. According to FBref, his shot-creating efforts rank in the top 5% of the Eredivisie this season.

As a result, Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford might all gain from the former Leipzig attacker.

3 Sporting Viktor Gyokeres

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Viktor Gyokeres, who only moved to Portugal last summer in a £20 million transfer from Coventry, may be moving again after making an impression for Sporting.

Ten Hag is reportedly interested in signing the Sweden player, and his £87 million release clause may be activated this summer, according to a story from Correio da Mania via The Sun around the end of December.

Gyokeres embodies the quintessential striker, possessing the ability to create and score from zero points. In 16 Liga Portugal games this season, the 25-year-old has an outstanding 11 goals and 8 assists.

According to FBref’s comparison tool, the clinical striker outperforms Hojlund in nearly every category; a few statistics from their respective leagues are displayed in the table below.

Hojlund versus Gyokeres

Statistics (per 90)









Shot-producing manoeuvres



Effective attacks



Touches using an ATTT pen



Statistics through FBref

Signing a finisher who football writer Zach Lowy has referred to as a “Rolls-Royce” striker would be the ideal way for Sir Jim Ratcliffe to launch his United career with a bang.

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