Wayne Rooney reckons Harry Kane is the type of forward Manchester United should build their team around.
Harry Kane is the type of forward Manchester United should build their team around, Old Trafford hero Wayne Rooney reckons. United have been tipped to sign England international Kane this summer. The striker put clubs around Europe on red alert by revealing he would quit Spurs if they failed to match his ambition.
Tottenham have slapped a £200m price tag on their talisman, however, United are still keen to land the 26-year-old.
And Rooney says Kane is such a good No 9, United should build their team around him.
Rooney said: “In the last two seasons we’ve seen him drop deeper more and play balls in behind and he’s very good at it, as we saw when England beat Spain in Seville.
“But if I were managing Harry, I’d be telling him to stay high as that No 9. His biggest strength is finishing and he strikes the ball so well that from 20 yards or closer he should be looking to hit it whenever possible.
“Harry is a classic No 9, the closest I’ve seen to Ruud (Van Nistelrooy). If I were building a team, he’s the one I’d start with. Harry Kane: there’s my No 9. Then I’d build the rest around him.”
United are expecting a busy summer transfer window, with the Red Devils ready to splash the cash.
A lot has been made of United’s plans, with former Premier League ace Danny Murphy claiming Kane would be the perfect signing for Ed Woodward.
He said: “Manchester United are closer to challenging for the Premier League title and Champions League than many people think.
“The final piece in the jigsaw is a world-class centre-forward. We know it and they know it. It is why they tried to sign Erling Haaland in January.
“If Harry Kane is available, even for a record price, United would be mad not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
“They are the richest club in England and, if there is ever a time to use that financial power, it would be to prise the best striker in the country away from Tottenham.
“Kane will guarantee United goals but will also get the best out of Marcus Rashford, who could play in his best position out wide and still come inside to score. Can you imagine Kane on the end of the creativity of Paul Pogba or Bruno Fernandes?
“Sometimes you dont know if new signings will adapt to playing under pressure at Old Trafford but we know from the World Cup that Kane comes alive on the big stage.
“I could see why Spurs fans would be aggrieved at me linking Kane with United but I know from personal experience that the two things which drive players most is regular football and winning the big trophies.
“Kane can do that at United. At Spurs, he may have to settle for a domestic cup or two.
“Kane has been injured since January but I dont see why a hamstring injury like that should stop him from becoming the player he was. In fact, the rest might have done him good after playing non-stop for a few years.
“Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator and £200million is a mouth-watering price. But if United have the money, they should spend it on Kane. He can turn them from a team with potential, into genuine challengers.”