Confirmation of Manchester United monitoring Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane ahead of the summer should not come as too great a surprise.
The Reds’ tally of just 30 goals in the first half of the season, though it has not hindered their aspirations of achieving a top-four finish so far, is a key statistic that highlights their greatest need ahead of being expected to loosen the purse strings again in the summer.
But for all of the question marks that are being raised about United’s lack of firepower without Rashford’s contributions, they are still in a strong position to achieve their top target this season and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
But not only are United looking a strong bet to achieve a top-four finish this season, they are also in with a solid chance of ending their trophy drought.
United, though, have far greater expectations, highlighted by how seriously Ten Hag has taken every fixture this season, particularly the cup competitions, when he has refused to mix things up, instead naming as strong a side as possible in pursuit of victory.
His contract at Spurs is up at the end of next season and talks over a new deal are yet to progress, suggesting that the England goal-getter might be getting itchy feet about continuing his wait for a trophy.
Kane’s goalscoring ability has never once been questioned, highlighted by his tally of 15 in the league in a stuttering side this season, meaning United know they would get the guarantee of goals.