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Report: Manchester United want breakout forward with 14 goal contributions in 14 league games.

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France World Cup star Randal Kolo Muani is reported to be attracting interest from Manchester United.

French newspaper L’Equipe report United and Bayern Munich are both pursuing the Eintracht Frankfurt star.

Muani, 24, signed for Frankfurt last summer from French side Nantes on a free transfer.

The forward scored in the World Cup semi-final and saw a late chance saved in extra-time injury-time in the final against Argentina.

READ: Confirmed Manchester United transfers in, out, loan deals for January 2023

Photo by Maja Hitij – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Kolo Muani record and praise

His World Cup semi-final goal for France was his first ever international strike. He has only five caps for his country.

This season he has five goals and nine assists in 14 Bundesliga matches, report WhoScored, 14 goal contributions in 14 games. He also scored two Champions League goals.

Last season Muani scored 12 league goals for Nantes and provided four assists.

Muani was hailed by Eintracht Frankfurt director Markus Krösche when he signed last summer.

He told Get Football News Germany: “Randal Kolo-Muani brings the skills that we need for our game. He’s fast, robust and has a very good shot. In addition, he’s tactically variable and can play in several systems.”

Muani player profile

  • Name: Randal Kolo Muani
  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: French
  • Citizenship: France, DR Congo
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Date of birth: 5th December 1998
  • Position: Forward

Verdict

United are claimed to be keen on a move this month – but we would urge scepticism on this, given reports from BBC Sport that the club are most likely to pursue a loan move due to lack of funds.

Muani is under contract at Frankfurt until 2027, and it would take a big fee for them to cash in after just a few months, which United are unlikely to be able to sanction right now.

L’Equipe is a credible source so these reports are worth taking seriously – but with Bayern Munich also named as a contender for his signature, it would be more likely he ends up there, if he moves at all.

United will have to wait until summer anyway, and over these months, time would be better spent analysing his performances to see if he is capable of continuing his strong form, and how he responds to his World Cup breakout.

Dan is a Manchester United supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than 10 years. He writes exclusively for United In Focus, leading the site’s growth in news, analysis and match coverage, and is also head of sport content for GRV Media.

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