Eddie Howe says Callum Wilson to United speculation is pointless

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said that the recent speculation linking Callum Wilson with a move to Manchester United is completely pointless. The England international has been in impressive form of late with four goals from the previous five matches and that has recently earned him another call-up with the Three Lions.

Amidst this, there has been speculation that United could swoop for his signature but Howe has said that he would prefer to ignore the gossip with the transfer window unlikely to open until January, he told: “You consider my thoughts going into this game is all about Arsenal. To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open.

“For me, it’s pointless talking about it. I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season. There’s nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season. He’s just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.”

United made the surprise choice to part ways with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez (on loan) during the summer transfer window and that has proved costly for them. Anthony Martial has dropped to the sidelines since the end of August with a thigh problem while Rashford, on the other hand, has struggled for form with just three goals across all competitions.

Mason Greenwood remains the only other option to lead the line but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to field the teenager mostly in the Cup competitions without putting the pressure on him. Aside from Wilson, Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic has been earmarked as another option, who could be pursued by United to strengthen the centre-forward department this winter. The former Bayern man has completely fallen out-of-favour with the Bianconeri with no appearances this term.