Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly set to pass on the chance of signing Harry Kane due to his faith in Marcus Rashford.
The Red Devils have been linked with a host of strikers, including Tottenham’s Kane, since selling Romelu Lukaku to Inter for £72million last summer.
After failing to sign another forward as a replacement for the Belgium international, Rashford and Anthony Marital have been deputising in the number nine role.
Rashford, 22, is enjoying his best scoring season with 19 goals, while Martial has netted 16 times.
And The Sun claim United will not break the bank to bring in Kane because Solskjaer believes Rashford is just as good.
Last month, £200m-rated Kane put his own Tottenham future in doubt when admitting he would not stay at the club ‘for the sake of it’.
Before the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to football last month, Spurs were set to finish another season without a trophy having been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the space of six days.
Kane has twice finished as a runner-up with Spurs in cup competitions, the first being the 2015 League Cup final and the second in the 2019 Champions League final, while he was a Premier League runner-up in 2017. However, Tottenham last lifted silverware in 2008 when they won the League Cup.
Solskjaer’s former teammate and United legend Wayne Rooney recently revealed he would build his team around Kane if he was a manager.
“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.
“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.
Harry Kane vs Marcus Rashford
Career goals: 197
Career appearances: 343
Career goals: 64
Career appearances: 201
“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.”
While Solskjaer is said to be opting against spending big on Kane, it is thought the manager is still keen to strengthen his attack and reports claim ‘almost every detail’ of a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho is agreed.
Speaking to the UTD Podcast about his first experiences in the no.9 role, Rashford said: “I realised that you don’t see the ball as often as you do in other positions but when you do see the ball, it’s an opportunity to score goals.
Marcus Rashford's record vs the Premier League's 'big six'
Taking a look at how many goals Rashford has scored against the Premier League's 'big six' in all competitions
- Chelsea: 5 goals in 10 games
- Liverpool: 3 goals in 7 games
- Tottenham: 3 goals in 4 games
- Man City: 4 goals in 8 games
- Arsenal: 2 goals in 6 games
“That’s what I loved about being a number nine and that’s what I still love about it.
“But right now I’m enjoying having the freedom to mix between [no.9 and a wider role] and I think it suits us well at the moment as Anthony likes to drift to the left and drop deep as well.
“To be honest, it does feel natural to be playing in the position that I’m playing now – I’m in the middle between the left and centre-forward and it’s definitely positive.”