With Manchester United facing a severe injury crisis up front, here are five forwards who are free agents and could thus be signed despite the transfer window being closed.
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The Red Devils sold Romelu Lukaku in the recent transfer window, while Alexis Sanchez was sent out on loan. However, they did not make many reinforcements up front, with only winger Daniel James being signed for the club's attack – the Welshman has impressed in his first few games for United, but he is now carrying a knock.
What makes matters worse is that Anthony Martial is also sidelined with an injury, while Marcus Rashford was taken off with a groin problem in their 2-0 defeat to West Ham United last weekend. The Englishman will reportedly be out for a few weeks, which means youngster Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard are the only registered forwards left in the squad.
United, though, could look to bring in a free agent to help their current injury crisis up front, and The Sun recently compiled a list of strikers who are available.
Guiseppe Rossi is something of a cult favourite at Old Trafford after coming through the academy before making a name for himself at Villarreal and Fiorentina. Injuries, however, have not helped his career, but he made headlines in January when he was seen training at the English club. Having returned to full fitness, he could now help out his former side if they sign him on a free deal.
Another striker United could look to is former Manchester City man Wilfried Bony. The 30-year-old had his best days at Swansea in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns before joining United's crosstown rivals. His career has somewhat gone downhill since, but he was in Ivory Coast's squad for the recent Africa Cup of Nations and is a proven scorer in the Premier League.
Hatem Ben Arfa also has Premier League experience, and lifted a trophy last season when he was on the books of Stade Rennes. The skilful winger helped the Ligue 1 side beat his former club Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup. Overall, he has lifted 18 trophies throughout his career, and he was involved in 15 goals for Rennes in the 2018/19 campaign.
Other free forwards United could look at are former AC Milan man Keisuke Honda and ex-PSG forward Jeremy Menez.
So far, Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained his stance in focusing on youth, but he might need to change his approach if the injury crisis and results do not improve.
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