Manchester United is actively seeking to fortify their attacking options, and the latest one on their radar is an unexpected name – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The Cameroonian striker, previously associated with Stoke City during their relegation from the Premier League in 2018, has emerged as a potential solution to United’s goal-scoring woes, as reported by The Daily Mirror.
Choupo-Moting’s Premier League Stint
Choupo-Moting had a brief spell with Stoke City during the 2017-18 season, where the club faced relegation. Despite the team’s struggles, Choupo-Moting showcased his skills by scoring against Manchester United in a memorable 2-2 draw. However, with only five goals to his name in England, he later secured a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Since leaving the Premier League, Choupo-Moting has undergone a remarkable transformation in the Bundesliga. Currently plying his trade at Bayern Munich, the 34-year-old striker has become a potent attacking force, drawing attention from Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.
United’s Striking Options
With United’s current forwards, including Rasmus Hojlund, who is struggling to find the back of the net consistently, the club is exploring the possibility of bringing Choupo-Moting back to the Premier League.
Bundesliga Stars on United Radar
Choupo-Moting is not the only Bundesliga striker on United’s shortlist. Bayern’s Thomas Muller, Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, formerly of Chelsea are some other targets as well.
Contract Situation and Potential Deal
Choupo-Moting’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and with limited starts, he could be available at a reasonable price in this January transfer window. This situation aligns with United’s intent to reinforce their frontline without breaking the bank. A potential reunion with Choupo-Moting could add a seasoned Bundesliga striker to United’s ranks.
Ten Hag’s Pursuit of Solutions
Erik ten Hag, known for his strategic approach, is keen on resolving the Old Trafford outfit's striking issues. Despite Hojlund’s acquisition in the summer, the lack of consistent goal-scoring has prompted the manager to explore proven options in the Bundesliga. Choupo-Moting’s unique blend of Premier League experience and Bundesliga success makes him a compelling candidate.
The urgency for a solution is evident in United’s current goal-scoring statistics, with only bottom sides Burnley and Sheffield United scoring fewer goals than their tally of 22. The struggles extend to marquee forwards like Marcus Rashford, who has faced a significant decline in form compared to his previous season’s performances.
In an unexpected turn, United’s leading goal-scorer in the league is midfielder Scott McTominay, emphasizing the dire need for a prolific striker.
As the Red Devils aim to reignite their attacking options, Choupo-Moting’s resurgence in the German top flight could offer the striking solution they desperately seek, even though as a short-term fix.