Man Utd end transfer interest in Kane, Haaland and Jimenez to back Martial

Manchester United have reportedly dropped plans to sign a striker that can lead the attack in favour of a back up option to support Anthony Martial.

Last summer, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the bold decision to sell Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and send Alexis Sanchez there on loan.

By doing so he placed his faith in Martial and Marcus Rashford to spearhead the United attack.

And in the case of Martial, he justified Solskjaer’s decision with 23 goals in all competitions.

It has also led to a return to the France national team for Martial after two years and on Wednesday night he marked his comeback with a goal and an assist.

Despite his goals for United, some have argued United still need a world-class striker if they want to win the Premier League title.

In January, United were strongly linked with Erling Haaland and ultimately lost out to Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane has long been in their radar but persuading Daniel Levy to let his prized asset leave is a difficult task.

While after two strong seasons with Wolves, Mexican Raul Jimenez has also been mentioned as a candidate.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, United no longer want to replace Martial.

The report says they want a striker that can support Martial, especially with Odion Ighalo set to leave in the new year.

Meanwhile, Martial’s team-mate Rashford has been handed the PFA Merit award for his role in helping fight child food poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s obviously a huge honour and I just hope it encourages and promotes other players to do things to help as much as they can,” he said.

“Of course I’m very happy and I’ll definitely continue to do my best to help people.

“I was injured during lockdown and at the beginning I was working towards getting back with the team and stuff like that but there were conversations going on saying there might not be games until September.

“When I was sat at home I just needed something to work towards and a goal to achieve. So that was just something I spoke about with my brothers over the phone and the rest of my family. We just tried to find the best way to try and help people.”

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