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Erik ten Hag told he has signed the wrong striker for Manchester United



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Manchester United are on the verge of completing the signing of Rasmus Højlund, with Erik ten Hag having his new first-choice striker.

Rasmus Højlund will sign for Manchester United for a guaranteed fee of around £65 million plus a further £8.5m in add-ons.

He will become the next player to lead the line at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag, with the Dutchman no doubt hoping that he will have more success than Cristiano Ronaldo, Wout Weghorst, or Anthony Martial.

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However, he was not the only striker United were linked to this summer – Ten Hag was said to be keen on Harry Kane, but a deal was never struck.

Ex-Manchester United defender Mikaël Silvestre believes that Ten Hag went for the wrong man – United should have signed Kane, as the two players are not in the “same bracket”.

“Harry Kane and Rasmus Højlund are two different propositions for Manchester United,” Silvestre told GGRecon. “You have the finished article and superstar in Harry Kane and then you have the young, up-and-coming talent in Højlund.

“These two players are not in the same bracket and I believe the number one target should be Harry Kane and the second choice target should be Højlund.”

Speaking further on how Kane would benefit United, he said: “For Harry, he will have Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho around him, creating chances for him.

“Many players in Manchester United’s squad are British too, so that’s another positive for him. Harry has the quality to deliver and he will receive a lot of assists in that Manchester United team, that’s all I’m thinking about when I’m thinking about the move from Harry’s perspective. 

“He knows about the Premier League, he knows about Manchester United and I’m sure he would become an icon for the club if he was to sign for them.

“The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and it’s been that way for quite some time. Harry’s a competitor and I believe the Premier League is the best environment for him because every single fixture has the prospect of being unpredictable.

“As a player, considering the stadiums and the atmosphere, there’s no better league to be involved in.”

Ultimately, United decided against signing Harry Kane reportedly due to his £575,000 a week wage demands and the £100m fee that Tottenham Hotspur were asking for.