Graeme Souness has explained why he would plump for Harry Kane over Erling Haaland if he was in charge of transfers at Manchester United.
United are rumoured to be interested in moving for a number of strikers this summer, with Kane and Haaland the two most conisistently linked with Old Trafford.
Kane has now scored 219 in 330 appearances for Spurs and is now the highest scoring Premier League player never to win a title.
Haaland meanwhile is the hottest prospect in European football, with United said to be facing competition from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City for the 20-year-old’s signature.
And Souness insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would become ‘real contenders’ if they signed Kane or Haaland – naming the former as his first-choice pick.
“For Manchester United to get closer to Manchester City next season, their priority this summer has to be to sign a top striker and it looks like a few may be on the market,” Souness told The Times.
“If they could get either Erling Haaland or Harry Kane, they would become real contenders.
“If you pushed me, I’d go for Kane, who turns 28 this summer, because he’s a proven performer in the Premier League and still has several years left at his peak. The only question mark is the ankle injuries he seems susceptible to.
“With Haaland, who is only 20, you will pay a premium for his enormous potential.
“We’ve seen Kai Havertz and Timo Werner do well in Germany, then come to Chelsea and find life more difficult in England.
“Will Haaland be like that? I don’t think so, because he’s more powerful and aggressive than they are, but he didn’t score in the two games against City and it’s a possibility.
“Would he be open to moving to Old Trafford? Maybe not, maybe he grew up disliking them because of what happened to his dad, Alf-Inge, who was seriously injured playing against them.”
Manchester United have enjoyed a promising campaign, climbing to second in the Premier League table and reaching the Europa League semi-finals.
Solskjaer’s side face relegation-battlers Burnley at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.