To overcome Ronaldo’s shadow, United prepare to pay ‘colossal fee’ to welcome ‘Eto’o 2.0’

January 12, 2023

According to French journal Jeunes Footeux, the former Ajax manager is a fan of the Nigerian national team player, even though the Old Trafford management is split on whether to offer.

Jeunes Footeux, a publication based in France, claims that the former manager of Ajax is reported to be a fan of the Nigerian national team player, despite the fact that the Old Trafford administration does not appear to be in complete accord regarding whether or not to make an offer.

According to the source, the towering 28-year-old could prove to be ‘financially accessible’ for the Red Devils this month. The Premier League club is apparently looking into low-cost possibilities to replace the attacking vacuum left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.

The article continues by stating that despite Aston Villa, West Ham United, and Everton also being named as potential suitors for the striker, Manchester United may be able to strike a deal with him for a fee in the region of €25 million (£22 million). This is despite the fact that the striker has just 18 months remaining on his existing deal in Belgium.

Despite the fact that Onuachu is not a particularly well-known name, the Belgian outfit has benefited greatly from his “wild” ability in recent years, as described by Onuachu’s teammate Rasmus Carstensen. Onuachu has been incredibly prolific for the Belgian side.

The big marksman has racked up an absurd score of 83 goals and ten assists in only 130 games for the Pro League side, including a remarkable haul of 15 goals in just 18 games across all fronts so far this season. In addition, the towering marksman has 10 assists to his name.

According to John Fashanu, who played for both Wimbledon and FC Midtjylland in the past, the player formerly known as FC Midtjylland has established himself as something of a “goal king” in recent times, with an overall club career total of 162 goals scored in 325 games played.

Because of his magnificent 6 feet 7 inches frame, the menace with 16 goals would not only be a clinical asset in the closing part of the game, but he would also provide that real attacking focal point that Ten Hag appears to be yearning.

United’s recent ties to 6 foot 6 hotshot Wout Weghorst would seem to indicate that the 52-year-old is looking for a more physical presence to lead the line, providing an alternative to the current number nine option of Anthony Martial. Weghorst is currently regarded as one of the best players in the world.

Ten Hag may be aiming to duplicate the success he had with Sebastian Haller up front during his previous tenure in Amsterdam while coaching Onuachu. The Ivory Coast international was successful playing as the lone center forward during that time, so Ten Hag may be looking to do the same thing.

After making the move to the Eredivisie side from West Ham United in January 2021, the 6′ 3″ behemoth would go on to score 47 goals and provide 16 assists in only 66 games for the club. He would particularly stand out by scoring 11 goals in just eight Champions League games for the team.

Ten Hag displayed his tactical flexibility by reverting to a more traditional, out-and-out center-forward after having used Dusan Tadic in a false nine berth in the years prior to Haller’s arrival. This was accomplished while still enjoying success, as the team has won the league title in each of the last two seasons.

Having that focal point in the forward line has certainly worked well for the United boss in the past, and the arrival of Onuachu may help him to find his next Haller to lead the assault at the Theatre of Dreams. Having that focal point in the forward line has definitely worked well in the past.