Rio Ferdinand has outlined why he believes Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin would be a ‘fantastic’ alternative to Erling Haaland and Harry Kane for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are understood to be interested in signing a new centre-forward this summer and have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, the Norway international currently courted by each of Europe’s major clubs.
Haaland has scored an astonishing 49 goals in just 52 appearances for the Bundesliga side across all competitions and counts Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona amongst his admirers.
Given the competition for his signature, alternative targets have been linked with the Red Devils in recent weeks including England captain Harry Kane, though Ferdinand believes Calvert-Lewin could prove a ‘fantastic signing’ for his former side.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed the best season of his career and has scored 19 goals in all competitions, breaking into the England side and scoring four goals in six caps for the Three Lions.
Ferdinand admits he has been impressed with the forward’s improvement under Carlo Ancelotti and has revealed why he believes Calvert-Lewin could be a viable contender to lead the line at Old Trafford.
“Listen Dominic Calvert-Lewin for me I love him,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.
“I’ve watched a lot of Everton this year and he’s one that unnerves defenders. He’s not one you want to play against week in, week out. He’s aggressive, he attacks the ball.
“I was speaking to Carlo Ancelotti earlier this year and he mentioned Inzaghi and said he didn’t need many chances to score goals and he scores goals in and around the six-yard box.
“I look at Calvert-Lewin this season and he’s listened to that, he’s taken that on board.
“Obviously he seems a real good student of the game and he’s started putting that into his own game.
“We’ve seen the rewards he’s had he’s got into the England squad by scoring loads of goals in and around the six-yard box – scoring those ugly goals.
“I think he’d be a fantastic signing for Manchester United. It’s one out of left field a little bit but I think he’d have a big impact.
“He’d get on the end of the things created by Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford, Greenwood etc.
“It’s whether Ole sees that as something that is feasible or am I not going to get the likes of Haaland or Kane?
“If either of those come up they’ll be first choice as long as the money is not crazy and it’s doable.”
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