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Manchester United Drop Interest In This In-Form Southampton Forward: Did Ole Make The Right Call?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

According to a recent report by The Telegraph (via the Daily Express), Manchester United have decided to cool their interest in landing Danny Ings this month after Southampton declined their initial approach.

It is believed that the Red Devils are desperate to sign a new striker before the transfer window slams shut later tonight following the injury to Marcus Rashford earlier this month (via the Daily Express).

Ings’ Incredible Season At Southampton

The ex-Liverpool forward has enjoyed a rich vein of form for the Saints in the Premier League this season after putting in some eye-catching displays at the St. Mary’s Stadium so far. He has scored 16 goals and provided two assists in 27 matches for the South-coast outfit this term in all competitions.

The 27-year-old has averaged 2.4 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored). Ings has also earned a senior cap for England so far and could be in line to feature for the Three Lions in the UEFA Euro 2020 which is set to kick off later this summer.

Danny Ings of Southampton has an effort during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St. Mary’s Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

What Does The English Striker Bring To The Table?

Ings is a deceptively quick marksman who can make some well-timed runs behind the opposition backline. He is a lethal finisher in the final third and can also score a few goals with his head. The English forward has transformed himself into a prolific goal-scorer at the St. Mary’s Stadium, but he is yet to prove his worth at the highest level.

Did The Red Devils Make The Right Call?

The addition of a proven goal-getter like Ings would have undeniably bolstered Solskjaer’s attacking options significantly at Old Trafford. Many critics will question man United’s decision to cool their interest in the 27-year-old. It seems like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have made the wrong call with regards to Ings as the English forward could have helped fire the Mancunian outfit back to the top 4 in the Premier League.

The Red Devils will now be in a race against time to recruit a new forward before the end of this winter transfer window while Ings will prepare to face his former employers, Liverpool at Anfield.

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