Although few would have recommended Timo Werner as the player to come in, United supporters want another striker to join in January.
Although Rasmus Hojlund has made a significant summertime move from Atalanta, the Dane obviously needs additional assistance.
Even if Anthony Martial scored against Everton on Sunday, we still find it difficult to have faith in the Frenchman.
It would be great to have a more seasoned striker to assist Hojlund, and rumors of Werner being moved are starting to surface.
Timo Werner Sky, a striker for RB Leipzig, is coveted by Manchester United. According to Florian Plettenberg of Germany, Werner is a target for United to sign in January.
Plettenberg asserts that in advance of the January transfer window, United has “already enquired” about a deal involving the RB Leipzig forward.
Despite reportedly falling down RB Leipzig’s hierarchy, Werner is ‘not content’ and may decide to stay for the remainder of the season.
Timo Werner only left Chelsea for a return to RB Leipzig in 2022, attempting to get back to his best after two difficult years in West London.
Timo Werner scored nine Bundesliga goals last season but has started just two league games this season and is out of favour under Marco Rose
That means United may now look to sign Werner – and it’s all part of Erik ten Hag’s clear plan.
Ten Hag comments offer insight into Werner pursuit
This may sound like a bizarre rumour; why would United want a striker who disappointed at Chelsea and has flopped back in Germany?
Well, it’s the same reason why United tried to sign Timo Werner from Chelsea in August 2022, as The Manchester Evening News reported.
Ten Hag wants to make United into the ‘best transition team in the world’, as he stated publicly back in July of this year.
Werner certainly fits that approach and was devastating in a transition-heavy approach during his first spell at Leipzig.
The German smashed 95 goals in 159 games to earn that move to Chelsea, where he just never really got going.
Timo Werner is so dangerous on the counter though, offering great pace and darting runs in behind to cause problems on the counter.
Julian Nagelsmann has previously indicated that Werner was used to ‘create counter-attacks’ for RB Leipzig, often peeling into the left-hand channel to generate transition opportunities.
That is something Ten Hag understands and he clearly believes that Werner can get back to his best at United whilst aiding that push to become a team with great transition play.
A January deal isn’t nailed on by any stretch, but Ten Hag has at least explained exactly why a player like Werner is on the radar.