Transfer season is approaching and Manchester United have a tricky window to navigate, with Harry Kane’s future only adding to the uncertainty surrounding any impending summer business.
The Tottenham striker recently stated his desire to leave Spurs at the end of the campaign, with United one of the interested parties in securing his signature.
Kane’s quality is undeniable, but the Red Devils have also been taking part in the chase for Erling Haaland, who remains at Borussia Dortmund.
Ahead of a decision in the upcoming months, which of the two strikers is best suited to improving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current squad?
Kane and Haaland are both elite performers, but they offer different qualities on the pitch, with the arguably biggest perk associated with the former being his passing, once excluding his obvious goal-scoring record.
The England skipper’s game stretches beyond the penalty box; he’s more inclined to contribute to build-up than the large majority of strikers across Europe, ranking top of the Premier League table for assists this season with 13, ahead of Bruno Fernandes in second.
Haaland is far from Kane’s level on the passing side; the Norwegian is a lot more inclined to finish moves rather than helping to construct them, but he’s considerably quicker than the 27-year-old and that offers specific tactical perks.
When ex-United boss Jose Mourinho was appointed to take charge of Spurs, he was very quick to surround Kane with the speed of Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn, who was the first signing made under the Portuguese.
Haaland doesn’t require such traits from his teammates as he’s quick enough to threaten in behind, while also being physically imposing enough to occupy an entire defensive line on his own, standing around 6-foot-4.