Manchester United might sign a striker this summer.
He had nothing new to monitor inside the ground, he was accustomed to each and every corner of the ground, and he could have smelt the same aroma coming from the green turf of the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ that might have reminded him of his early days as a professional football.
He stepped up this time, placed the ball on the mark, and fired the orb past an underwhelming David de Gea, who fell on the wrong side of the taken shot to make a clear path for the ball that found neatly the back of the net.
Surmounting the noise of fake crowds, specially developed to give the viewers at the home a real-time experience amidst the coronavirus pandemic which led to the matches being played behind the closed doors, the superbly-taken penalty’s sound provided AFC Bournemouth fans with a sigh of relief.
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However, the relief didn’t last long as United eventually managed to secure a 5-2 win over the side that were, at that moment, struggling with the loss of form and apparently looking favourites to get relegated by the end of the Premeir League 2019-20 season.
Joshua King, the scorer from the aforementioned penalty at the 49th-minute of the match and a standout performer for a side that were struggling to justify their existence, did what he had intended to do — registering his name on the scoresheet while playing at Old Trafford and more importantly impressing United’s current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his ability to cover ground and work ethic.
Alas, his flamboyant playing style did not help Bournemouth keep their feet on the Premeir League podium, as they suffered relegation, slipping down the Championship at the end of the day, and subsequently making the iconic club figure in Eddie Howe part his way after eight-years of remarkable service.
It is a widely-known fact that a player of Josua King’s pedigree would never be happy playing in the second tier of the English league football. And hence, it is speculated that he might move to one of the best Premeir League clubs in the ongoing summer transfer window.
Joshua King, having made only two appearances for Manchester United during his earlier days as a professional footballer, don’t argue on the fact that he is destined to play in the bigger stages like Premeir League and Champions League.
The owner of six goals and four assists in 26 Premier League outings for Bournemouth last season, King has already declared his intention of playing in the UEFA Champions League one day. However, he, just like us, is unsure whether the desired opportunities would come next season or after two years.
Speaking in an interview with Norway’s TV 2, King has revealed how eager he was to move to Manchester United last summer, when the reports came out that AFC Bournemouth had rejected a bid of around £20 million for Josh King. He said:
“I will not lie, because I really wanted to go there in January, but what happened, happened. I know why things happened. We’ll just have to wait and see. There is a lot that is open.”
In total, King, being one of Bournemouth’s best on-field prodigies, has had amassed 48 goals in 161 appearances across all competitions. In the interview, the 28-year-old Norweigan went on to speak out about his dream of representing a reputed side in the Champions League. He added:
“I have a dream to play in the Champions League. Whether it will happen this season or in two years, I do not know. But I have a dream about it that all boys have.”
The most interesting factor amongst all of these is both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Joshua King represent the same agent, Jim Solbakken. While asked about whether he fancies moving to Manchester United in the near future, he answered:
“What if United are still interested? That would be amazing. I was at United for five years and I learned lot there.”
And now, it seems only a matter of time before we see King holding up the red shirt of Manchester.
Would you take Joshua King at Manchester United?