West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic might just have ensured Manchester United will come calling in January or next summer.
The Austria international returned to the Hammers’ starting lineup for Saturday’s game, which the hosts won 3-1.
The star missed out on the draw with Chelsea through injury.
West Ham were well worth their victory at the London Stadium, with Jose Mourinho’s side bereft of creativity and work rate.
Arnautovic played a starring role for the Irons and proved once again that he is their talisman.
The 29-year-old was industrious, and ran the United backline ragged.
He topped his performance off with a well taken goal in the 74th minute, after a delicious through ball from Mark Noble.
It was a real leader’s performance, and one that could perhaps see United follow up their apparent previous interest in the player.
Arnautovic to Manchester United?
As reported by Sky Sports, the Red Devils were supposedly interested in signing Arnautovic in the summer just gone.
West Ham were never going to sell though, and slapped a £50 million price tag on his head.
Mourinho went to watch him during a friendly match between Austria and Russia.
The forward worked with the Portuguese previously at Internazionale during a short loan spell.
Arnautovic is fast becoming one the Premier League’s most fearsome forwards, and certainly appears to be more of a handful than Romelu Lukaku at the moment.
His performance on Saturday might just force United to stand up and take note.
Some supporters greeted the summer links with skepticism, but Arnautovic would bring the commitment and desire to the club that is obviously missing at the moment.
His bullish style is what United supporters just aren’t seeing from Lukaku at present.