Victor Osimhen breaks Cristiano Ronaldo record amid Manchester United interest

February 8, 2023

Some Manchester United fans hope he will be breaking records at Old Trafford soon ahead of a possible summer switch.

Manchester United target Victor Osimhen broke a Serie A record previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo over the weekend.

The Napoli attacker is one of a handful of names on Erik ten Hag’s striker shortlist ahead of the summer transfer window. Harry Kane is another while the United boss is also an admirer of Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.

Osimhen has scored 16 times in 17 Serie A appearances this season for the league leaders, who are now 13 points clear at the top of the table. Their latest win came on Sunday when they defeated Spezia 3-0.

Osimhen bagged a brace in the contest and his second goal surpassed a feat Ronaldo achieved while at Juventus. The Nigerian soared to a lofty 2.58m to head home his second of the match, eclipsing Ronaldo’s 2019 record by two centimetres.

The striker is expected to receive a lot of interest from clubs around Europe this summer and is being linked with a move away. United will be searching for a marquee goal-getter in the summer and could decide to plump for Osimhen as their long-term striker.

The Reds are open to offloading Anthony Martial, who will miss his 21st game of the season through injury when United take on Leeds on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of the match, Ten Hag said: “He [Martial] is not always available, but also I see the other side when he is available.

“He was never 100 per cent this season but he had a big impact every time he is available, even when he is at 80, 85, 90 per cent. So we do everything and Anthony Martial is doing everything.

“I think Anthony Martial is the player who has spent the most hours at Carrington this season, to return to recover, to get back, it is really so a pity for him that he is disappointed.

“He is not always available and we want him to be always available because that will improve our game and because routines can’t become routines when you are not always available.”

Ten Hag is thought to want a more reliable asset to lead the line going forward in his rebuild project and is expected to make a move for either Osimhen or Kane at the end of the season. Wout Weghorst could start his seventh game since his January arrival against Leeds.