The former Red Devils captain is convinced that the club has set a poor priority during this transfer window.
Wayne Rooney believes that Manchester United would better spend their money on Harry Kane and not on Jadon Sancho.
The red devils have long been linked to interest in Borussia Dortmund’s offensive sensation, but have not yet agreed on a transfer fee for Sancho during the summer.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side is getting closer to the Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani, who is coming to Old Trafford on a short-term contract after leaving the contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
Although he is a big Sancho fan, Rooney believes that his former club should look to spend a lot on a long-term No. 9, with the Red Devils already well equipped with wing play. The Tottenham game has been in good shape this season and Rooney has named the 27-year-old as a player that the Red Devils will follow.
“Jadon Sancho is a top player, but I think it’s strange that he was Manchester United’s transfer priority”Rooney wrote in his Sunday Times column.
“Why consider paying almost £ 100m for someone with similar talents as you already have? United have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and where Sancho’s arrival would leave Mason Greenwood, who plays at the same job and at the same age?
“I would rather put the £ 100 million in trying to get Harry Kane. Yes, getting Kane out of Tottenham would be difficult, if not impossible, but United are a club that should always strive to get the best players and Kane is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjær needs, just like Erling Haaland, who United lacked last year – a real number 9.
“A Kane or Haaland or someone like Robert Lewandowski would give Rashford and Martial someone to play outside and the freedom to move in different areas, pick up the ball and try to hit men – without the burden of always having to score goals.
“It would also be better for him if United had a recognized number 9, because he could learn from them, just like I did with Ruud van Nistelrooy. Of course there are different ways to play the position and Liverpool brilliantly use a fake nine like Roberto Firmino .
“I wonder if a solution for Solskjaer could be a diamond fielder led by Bruno Fernandes and Martial and Rashford as wide forwards, with his speed, like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.”