24-goal hitman Raul Jimenez backed to seal Manchester United move by Mexico manager Martino

Mexico manager Gerardo Martino has backed Raul Jimenez to seal a move to Manchester United this summer.

Jimenez has been one of the most standout performers in the Premier League this season, and his impressive displays for Wolves have not only kept them in the hunt for a Champions League place, but has been meant that he is linked with a move to a bigger club.

And Martino thinks that the ex-Benfica star has more chance of playing regularly at Old Trafford than Bayern Munich, with a number nine spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s line-up still up for grabs.

“Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist number nine like Raul at United,” the Mexico boss told ESPN . “There are many forwards like [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial and the boy who now plays as a right-winger, [Mason] Greenwood, but since Romelu Lukaku left I can’t see a pure number nine like Raul.

“At Juventus, he will have more of a fight because [Cristiano] Ronaldo shares the inside of the pitch with whoever plays alongside him, with [Paulo] Dybala or with [Gonzalo] Higuain and maybe he has a tougher fight there.”

“We who see it from the outside, you [the journalist] and even me, always have the idea that a player has to aim for more and how good it would be for him to go to play for Manchester United,” the 57-year-old added.

“For me, that at one point in my life I was in a very big club [Barcelona], and having lived a difficult year there, I say that you have to be convinced of the step you want to take and you have to analyse it from many places.

“And he has elements to analyse it because, although he has not been at Manchester United, he was at Atletico Madrid and he was at Benfica. And he has elements to put in the balance to decide what he wants from his life.

“Maybe he wants a bigger challenge because he feels that he is in good shape and has to take advantage of it, maybe he wants to stay in this place, maybe the options you read about are not real and do not exist.

“I think the best thing is for Raul to make the decision based on the analysis he makes and with the consensus of his family because, when it comes to enjoying, not only the player suffers and enjoy, but also the family do it.”

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