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Manchester United need to sign a “young Edinson Cavani”, according to former England boss Glenn Hoddle. Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season, with speculation his time at Old Trafford will end after just one campaign at the club. The Uruguayan is one of the most prolific strikers in Europe in recent years but turned 34 last month.

United’s first ever football director John Murtough will have a big role in the club’s transfer business moving forward.

Hoddle says signing a striker would be top of his wish list if he was manager of the Red Devils.

He believes Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland would be the ideal solution.

However, if that is not possible, then signing a younger but similar forward to Cavani is what Hoddle would go for.

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Hoddle told Premier League Productions: “Yeah [a striker] would be [priority], yeah. I think it’s got to be. You need a young Cavani.

“You’ve got Cavani at the wrong time. Five or six years ago, his movement, his hold-up play, everything he had and he’s got still.

“When he plays for United I see a different United team, even now at his age. And he’s not that old, what is he, 33?

“So Haaland would be the one but how are you going to get him? Have the days gone where if United were in for you, ‘oh I’m going to Man United’? It was Real Madrid or Man United.

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“Those days unfortunately for United have gone, they’ve got to build that up again.

“But Haaland would be on everyone’s lips, everyone would want him.”

United wanted to sign Haaland before he joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

Speaking last month, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted his fellow Norwegian had a big career ahead of him.

“It is clear that Erling is going to have a fantastic career,” Solskjaer said.

“I follow Erling. I have always said that. Was it 18 months we had together or something like that?

“Almost two years, perhaps. A fantastic time. He will surely have a super career both for Norway and his club. He is doing incredibly well for Dortmund.

“We will see where he ends up. As a Norwegian and someone who has worked with him, it is of course great that he is doing so well.”

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