Manchester United sent Karim Benzema message by club legend

Manchester United are currently 7th in the Premier League, eight points off the Champions League places.

One of the main reasons for their struggles is a lack of goals, with just 24 scored in 21 matches - 13 fewer than 4th-place Arsenal who have played one less game.

But should Manchester United sign a quality striker this month, a top-four berth come the end of the campaign would be much more likely. Back United to finish in the top-four at 10/1 with bet365.

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Manchester United sent striker message

One man who could certainly help with the lack of goals at Old Trafford this season is Karim Benzema.

And Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Karim Benzema could play the role of Cristiano Ronaldo and mentor Rasmus Hojlund at Old Trafford.

Speaking on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel, the former defender said, “That’s just going back to old, what we’ve been doing before. We’ve done it with Cristiano, we’ve done it with Falcao, we’ve done it with Cavani, we’ve done it with Zlatan… Listen, Benzema… how can you say no? How can you say no to that signing?”

He added: “Hojlund needs that somebody to look and learn from. I remember when we had Danny Welbeck coming into the first-team and he’s looking up to Cristiano, [Wayne] Rooney, [Carlos] Tevez and those guys. Diego Forlan comes in, a young Uruguayan striker and you’ve got Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ruud van Nistelrooy he’s backing up.

“Chicharito, the same thing, they’re looking on and going: That’s what a real striker is! That is how a true No.9 operates and I’m going to follow that.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.