Manchester United to “monitor” striker in case Berbatov is not available

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It has been reported that Arsenal are not the only English club who will be looking at Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko during the off-season.

“This is the first instance in which Pavlyuchenko, 26, has been linked with the Red Devils, and according to The Daily Star, the interest comes off the back of an impressive Euro 2008 campaign with Russia, in which he scored three goals and exhibited tremendous movement and energy.

Such a style would be well-suited to United’s style of play, but the Russian’s occasional waywardness in front of goal is one thing counting against him, while his 6’2 stature would make him an aerial threat in a United side currently somewhat lacking in that department.”

While nothing looks imminent, Sir Alex Ferguson may view Pavlyuchenko as a nice consolation prize, if he cannot pry Dimitar Berbatov away from Spurs. He would clearly be less expensive, as sources say that he will be valued between 8-12 million pounds by his current club Spartak Moscow.

The Russian would be an excellent fit up front for Man United, as he could be a quality striker to bring off the bench. If Tevez or Rooney picks up an injury, Pavlyuchenko could slide into the starting line up and make a difference. How would Man U fans feel about seeing this guy in a red shirt?

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