Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has expressed his support for the impending arrival of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
The 24-year-old’s agent Juanma Lopez arrived at the Bernabeu on Wednesday to finalise a deal, which could be completed by the end of the week.
And Meulensteen, speaking to 888Sport, was quick to enthuse at the prospect of Morata taking up the No.9 shirt at Old Trafford.
“Obviously Lukaku knows the Premier League and has played in the Premier League for many years,” he said.
“He has plenty of power but I’m not too sure he has the kind of DNA that we’d like to see at Manchester United.
“Morata is a good striker but he’s in a situation where he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. I like him though: he is mobile, agile, and creates chances.
“The same can be said of Belotti but both would be coming from abroad and would have to adapt to the Premier League which we all know is difficult.
“If Belotti comes in it’s important that he scores early and get the monkey off his back. Then he could be a good fit. For me though it would be Morata. We haven’t seen enough of him lately but then again it is extremely hard to get into that Real team.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was never going to initiate a way of attacking in the long term; his role, in fact, was to invoke a sharper, more ruthless attitude at Old Trafford and he did just that.
Morata, however, is there to fit the system and indeed supplement it for a number of years. He embodies plenty of what Mourinho, in Diego Milito and Diego Costa for example, likes to see in a striker: bold, highly physical, smart on the ball, and absolutely deadly in front of goal.
He will do more than score goals; he will, you sense, shape the way United play next season.