Man Utd backed to hijack Harry Kane transfer otherwise ‘they can’t win the league’

Manchester United need to sign a No 9 like Harry Kane to have a chance of winning the Premier League this season, according to former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood. United started their campaign with an emphatic 5-1 win over Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday. Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side moved straight to the top of the table.

United have strengthened this summer by bringing in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for combined fees of over £100million.

However, Sherwood does not think they can rely on Edinson Cavani as their main centre-forward option.

Cavani turns 35 in February and did not feature on Saturday after being given a break following his Copa America exploits.

Sherwood says United should hijack Manchester City’s move for Tottenham star Kane.

Kane wants to leave Spurs and City are keen on signing the player before the end of the window.

Sherwood reckons United will have no chance of winning the title this season if they do not sign a player like Kane.

He told Premier League Productions: “Greenwood was outstanding, [Daniel] James plays as well with his pace in behind.

“I think they got everything right [on Saturday] and they were brilliant.

“It is a marker, it is a flag in the sand to say ‘we’re here’.

“I still think they need a centre-forward, I really do. Jadon Sancho, we haven’t seen him, he came off the bench. They’ve got a lot of good players in a lot of areas.

“But I think Cavani is their best No 9 and a player who is ageing like that, they’re desperate for Harry Kane. They’re desperate for him.

“If they have Harry Kane, for me they are up there with Man City and Chelsea to win the Premier League.

“I think without a No 9 they can’t win the league.”

Kane was absent from the Spurs squad for their 1-0 win over City on Sunday.

Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo refused to comment on the 28-year-old’s future when speaking to Sky Sports after the match.

“We are very lucky to have him,” Nuno said.

“Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly.

“He has to get ready and help the team. We still have to go to Portugal [on Thursday for the Europa Conference League] then we think about Wolves.

“Harry worked this morning [Sunday]. He is preparing himself and when he is ready he will join the group and help the team.”

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