Five strikers Man Utd could loan in to save their season including Giroud and Cavani as Solskjaer eyes Rashford cover

By | 20th January 2020

MANCHESTER UNITED are in desperate need of at least one more striker after it was confirmed Marcus Rashford could miss EIGHT weeks injured.

The England striker, 22, limped off with a back problem during the Red Devils’ FA Cup third round replay win over Wolves last Wednesday.

Marcus Rashford is set for a spell on the sidelines with a nasty back injury
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Scans confirmed that the 22-year-old has suffered a stress fracture in his back which could force Solskjaer to make his move in the transfer market.

He only has inconsistent Anthony Martial and rookies Mason Greenwood and Dan James to provide the attacking threat.

After the defeat to Liverpool he suggested they may bring someone in to fill the gap.

Solskjaer said: “We’ve had many injuries for big players this season. It’s just an unfortunate situation we’re in.

“We might look at some short term deals as well that could take us through to the summer.

“We don’t desperately need a striker, if the right one is there and it fits for us… we’ve got players who are champing at the bit.”

Here, SunSport considers five strikers who could be the “right one” for United.

Olivier Giroud

United could do with someone who can shoulder the burden up top – and targetman Giroud would fit the bill.

He is desperate to leave Chelsea in order to save his Euro 2020 dreams with France.

The 33-year-old would likely be allowed to leave on loan too, so United wouldn’t have to risk cash on the veteran.

But Solskjaer will have to move quick if he is to beat Inter Milan to the bearded striker’s signature.

Olivier Giroud could well be allowed to leave Chelsea this month in the search for first-team football
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Alexis Sanchez

OK, so not a loan signing to bring in, but a loan to terminate none-the-less.

He flopped massively after moving to United from Arsenal, but now could be the chance to give Sanchez one last go.

With Solskjaer keen to get United to be more pleasing on the eye, letting the shackles off could be just what Sanchez needs.

If Inter manage to get Giroud, it could mean the 31-year-old Chilean falls out of favour with the Italians, and United could terminate the loan.

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Luka Jovic

Big things were expected of the Serbian after he completed a £62m move to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt.

But the 22-year-old has made just seven starts in all competitions, scoring a solitary goal.

With SunSport reporting that Los Blancos could be prepared to loan him out, it would be a win-win situation for both parties.

Luka Jovic has failed to become a regular starter at Real Madrid
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Edinson Cavani

The chance to get a prolific striker on loan or for a small transfer fee doesn’t come around too often – so United should act fast with this one.

Cavani is out of contract at PSG at the end of the season, and doesn’t look like agreeing a new deal there.

The French champs’ boss Thomas Tuchel is already planning on life without the Argentinian, and is prepared to let him leave this month.

Unsurprisingly, Cavani is courted by a whole host of clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

Edinson Cavani is set to leave PSG, either now or in the summer
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Fernando Llorente

United were interested in the former Tottenham striker in the summer before he agreed to join Napoli on a free.

Undoubtedly the Spanish forward has the experience needed to lead the forward line and when called upon at Spurs he chipped in with some important goals.

It might not be a signing that will get United fans out of their seats, but 34-year-old Llorente could be a cheap loan option for Solskjaer until the end of the season.

This post written by John Hutchinson originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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