Wantaway Tottenham striker Harry Kane is “made to measure for Manchester United” according to former player Mark Hughes.
Kane, 27, has been heavily linked with a move away from north London, with speculation intensified after the England international gave an interview with Gary Neville in which he stated his desire to be playing Champions League football.
Spurs, first under Jose Mourinho and then interim incumbent Ryan Mason, finished the Premier League season in seventh, entering the inaugural Europa Conference League for 2021/22 as a result.
And Kane, who swept the board attacking metrics, clinching the Golden Boot for most goals (23) and the Playmaker of the Season for most assists (14), has reportedly got cold feet in the capital and is now looking for a new challenge.
Among those to have been touted as a possible future destination for the England star are the Manchester clubs, chief among those United, who are “made to measure” for a striker of Kane’s calibre according to Hughes.
“I think Kane could take United back to a title-winning level,” He told Sky Sports.
“From watching United this season, the one thing that’s always struck me is that when they don’t have that focal point to the attack, when [Edinson] Cavani isn’t playing and the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial or Mason Greenwood are playing up top, it doesn’t quite function as well as it should.
Harry Kane’s 20/21 Premier League season by numbers:
172 touches in opp. box
137 shots (most)
53 shots on target (most)
49 chances created
37 goals & assists (most)
23 goals (most)
14 big chances created
14 assists (most)
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“I think United are always better when Cavani is actually down the middle. He’s done great for United this year and I think it is great news for them that they’ve been able to keep him for another year.
“Whether that means they aren’t going to pursue Kane really forcefully because they feel in the short-term that they’ve got a solution.
“I think from my point of view, with my red goggles on, I would love Harry Kane to be there because I think he’d be made to measure for Manchester United. He’d have a lot of good talent around him, and they’d give him that platform hopefully to win trophies because clearly Harry Kane is at the point of his career where that’s what’s missing from his career.
“He wants to make sure that the next step, if he does make a step, is going to guarantee trophies. It’s not about money, it’s not about prestige – it’s about making your mark in the game.”
Kane: I will decide my future, not Daniel Levy
Although Kane has not explicitly outlined his intentions to leave Tottenham, he has given one or two hint-laden interviews on the topic.
In a recent televised conversation with former Red Devil right-back Neville, Kane detailed his desire to be playing in the Champions League, as well as emphasising that he will be the arbiter of his own destiny.
He told Neville: “I want to be playing in the biggest games, the biggest moments. This season I’m sitting there watching the Champions League and watching the English teams doing amazing, and those are the games I want to be involved in.
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“So, I’m definitely in a moment in my career where I have to reflect and see where I’m at, and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman [Daniel Levy].
“I hope we can have that conversation and I’m sure he’ll want to set out a plan, but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel, and what’s going to be the best for me in my career.”