Manchester United have been urged to make a move for Raul Jimenez by Paul Ince, who has lambasted their transfer policy this past summer.
As quoted by The Sun, Paul Ince blasted Manchester United and their transfer policy while in conversation with Ladbrokes. The former United player criticised the Red Devils for their signing and subsequent treatment of Donny van de Beek while urging them to secure the services of Raul Jimenez.
Raul Jimenez joined Wolves in the summer of 2018, initially on a loan deal before the Midlands club signed him permanently. Part of the Jorge Mendes revolution at the Molineux, the Mexican striker has been a key part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side since their promotion to the Premier League, with Wolves becoming European contenders in no time.
Since first joining Wolves over two years ago, the 29-year-old has gone on to feature over 100 times in all competitions, with a solid return of 48 goals and 18 assists in this period. His progress in the last couple of seasons or so has invariably seen him being linked with a number of top clubs, with Manchester United being one of them as well.
However, Manchester United chose not to make a move for Jimenez, who was happy to stay put at the Molineux as well. Instead, the Red Devils bolstered their attack by signing Edinson Cavani in addition to securing the services of a couple of promising wingers. The standout acquisition for the English giants was Donny van de Beek.
The Dutchman’s transfer, though, has not quite gone to plan and he is yet to become a regular in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. As a result, the move has drawn the ire of Marco van Basten, with Paul Ince now joining the list of pundits to blast Manchester United and/or the player for the move.
In addition, the former Manchester United superstar has also urged the Red Devils to make a move for Raul Jimenez. Speaking to Ladbrokes, Ince said, “Recruitment at United has been really, really poor. They’ve always had money to buy players. There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man United team. You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jimenez.
“Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about? Go and spend £40m on Jimenez. He’s a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.”
Ince’s comments do make some sense, as Anthony Martial has struggled to hit the ground running at the onset of the season while Ighalo has become an afterthought. Cavani, on the other hand, will only be a short-term solution, although Solskjaer would hope he can have an impact similar to the one Zlatan Ibrahimovic had while at Manchester United.
As for Raul Jimenez, the Mexican international is at the peak of his powers and is one of the best strikers in the Premier League. If signed, he could have been a solution to Manchester United’s attacking woes. But while United were interested in Jimenez, a move never materialised and it will be interesting to see if they pay heed to Ince’s comments.