Manchester United eye World Cup star as Cristiano Ronaldo replacement

Manchester United are in the market for a new striker following Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit.

After months of upheaval, Cristiano Ronaldo was released from his Manchester United contract in November.

This leaves Manchester United with just one natural striker for the rest of the campaign, making a January move likely.

And now, the Red Devils have been linked with a no.9. Not too surprisingly, it is the man who looks set to replace Ronaldo in the Portugal national side.

A report from Spanish outlet Fichajes has claimed that Manchester United are interested in signing Goncalo Ramos, with Ronaldo’s contract terminated last month.

At the age of 21, Ramos still has plenty of time to reach his full potential and he has already proved himself on the big stage vs Switzerland.

The hitman made just his 4th appearance and second start for Portugal on Tuesday.

Despite this, he scored their opener to overtake Ronaldo for goals in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The young forward then added two goals late on to bag himself a well-deserved hat-trick.

After scoring his third vs Switzerland, a number of impressive stats have emerged surrounding Ramos.

First up, it was revealed that Goncalo Ramos is the first player to score a hat-trick on his first World Cup start since Miroslav Klose for Germany in 2002.

Elsewhere, it was confirmed that Goncalo Ramos is the youngest man to score a hat trick in a FIFA World Cup knock-out match after Pele.

And finally, Ramos is the first man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup knockout stage game since Tomáš Skuhravý against Costa Rica in 1990.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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