Paul Merson has claimed that Manchester United should have used the money they spent on Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo to sign Harry Kane instead if they had serious ambitions of winning the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola insisted that City did everything they could to sign Kane but Daniel Levy refused to even negotiate for the 28-year-old.
While City ended the window without a striker, their local rivals Manchester United have strengthened significantly with some big-name additions in the form of Sancho, Ronaldo and Varane.
However, Merson believes that United would have been better off going all out for Kane. The former Arsenal man insisted the Tottenham striker could have taken the Red Devils to the title while Ronaldo is incapable of doing the same at this stage of his career.
Merson wrote in his column for The Daily Star: “If Cristiano Ronaldo wins the league at Manchester United it will be the biggest thing he’s ever done in football.
“But he won’t because he’s not the same player anymore – and if you’re not going to win the league with him, I don’t see the point in signing him.
“Harry Kane wins you the league. With the money they have spent on Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo, surely you try and get Kane? I think he would have gone there. United are the biggest club in the world.
“Signing Ronaldo is great for the fans. The king is back. But it frustrates me. You sell shirts with Ronaldo. You win the league with Kane.”
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Merson, for once, is spot on here. I do not see Ronaldo taking United to the title while Kane is certainly capable of doing that. However, it was fairly evident that the Tottenham man only wanted to join City this summer.
I am not sure if he would have been equally enthusiastic over the idea of joining United. Kane is after trophies, which a move to United would not guarantee him, given that Solskjaer is yet to win silverware since taking over.
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