Five strikers Man Utd could get for free amid injury crisis including Giuseppe Rossi and Wilfried Bony – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED may be tempted to enter the free transfer market in the coming weeks as they attempt to revitalise their injury ravaged squad.

With Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw out, it is also in attack where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is suffering most.

Anthony Martial's absence has hit the team hard with Daniel James carrying a knock and Mason Greenwood unavailable for Sunday's defeat to West Ham.

During that 2-0 defeat, matters got even worse when Marcus Rashford was taken off with a groin problem.

Solskjaer's policy of advocating youth will be tested to the full amid this crisis, potentially turning him to the array of experienced free agents still out there.

And they can be registered to feature so long as they haven't been signed to a club yet this season.

Here, Sun Sport list five names that could provide some fresh impetus to United's ailing frontline.


Former Italy international Rossi remains a cult favourite at Old Trafford having come through the academy as a hotshot finisher before impressing at Villarreal and Fiorentina.

Rossi's injury-hit career has seen him spend months at a time on the sidelines and he even trained with the Red Devils while searching for a team in January.

Offering something that no other United player can, an experienced penalty box assassin, a full return to the club would open the door to a fairytale ending.


Having done something that no other United player did last season – won a trophy – Ben Arfa is going on a free having left Rennes in the summer.

The forward has a happy knack of picking up medals and dragging his career back from the brink… how United would love to do so themselves right now.

With an impressive spell at Newcastle earlier in his career to call upon, Ben Arfa recently claimed he continues to reject offers until the right one comes along. Did you hear that, Ed?


At 30, Bony still has legs left in him despite having gone off the boil ever since arriving at Manchester City in 2014.

Nightmare spells at Stoke and Swansea gave way to a promising spell in Qatar last season, notching five goal in seven outings for Al-Arabi.

And United employing the Ivorian to any degree of success would potentially unleash one of the 2013/14 season's best strikers back on the division.


Not strictly a striker by trade, creative wide-man Honda's signing could fill the hole currently being timidly filled by Andreas Pereira.

The Japanese star left Australian A-League outfit Melbourne Victory at the end of last season with a good record of eight goals in 19 games.

But United will have to wrestle Honda, 33, away from his pastime of managing the Cambodian national team to earn his full attention.


When the French forward rocked up at Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, he was one of Europe's brightest attackers.

After a successful spell in Ligue 1 and at AC Milan, the 32-year-old was most recently seen at Mexican club America where he was released in the summer.

Perhaps a better signing back when Fergie was still in charge, Menez has the experience and spark that United lack up front and is the sort of wild, left-wing signing that might prove to be a masterstroke (or total disaster).

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