Date: 18th July 2011 at 5:45pm
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Mame Biram Diouf

The Senegalese striker has struggled to find games at United

While the ‘Do United need another midfielder?’ debate rages on among Reds, one area that certainly doesn’t require more personnel is that of the striker department.

With no less than seven forwards in the squad at the moment, it’s safe to say Sir Alex Ferguson won’t be launching a £30 million bid for Darren Bent just yet.

There’s no denying that you need a strong and full sqaud to compete these days but not even a club fighting for as many honours as United really need that many strikers and it seems only a matter of time before one or two are off loaded.

The first one who seems destined to leave the club is Mame Biram Diouf, the Senegalese striker who spent last season on loan at Blackburn. At Ewood Park Diouf managed three goals in 26 games- although many were as sub- which while far from disgraceful, wasn’t really enough to make you think the former Molde man would be troubling the starting line up on his return.

Despite his obvious talents, the former Molde man, is arguably not quite good enough to make an impact at United where even the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck may be struggling for games this season.

The Daily Mail reports:

“Blackpool are closing on a deal for Manchester United’s Mame Biram Diouf.

“The Senegalese international was on loan at Blackburn last season and has figured for United on their pre-season tour of the US.

“The 23-year-old is expected to join on loan with view to a £1.5million deal.

At the age of 24 Diouf is still a young man but older than the likes of Chicharito, Macheda and the aforementioned Welbeck so it’s not even as though time is neccesarily on his side, when it comes to breaking into the United first team.

If Diouf leaves, I don’t think many Reds will be shedding too many tears but it’s a case of ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’ after all with 45 goals in just 86 appearances for Molde it’s easy to see why United were a attracted to him.

A solitary goal in his United career may be the only highlight Diouf ultimately takes from his time at Old Trafford but look on the bright side, at least he didn’t cost £50 million.

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