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I previously signed Ivan Toney – he would turn Manchester United into Premier League title contenders

Manchester United would challenge for the Premier League title if they sign Ivan Toney.

This is the view of Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony who has contributed to the Brentford star’s incredible rise through the English football leagues.

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Toney is one of the best strikers outside the top six in the Premier League.Credit: Getty

MacAnthony signed Toney for Posh in 2018 following spells at Northampton Town and Newcastle, with the striker scoring 49 goals in 94 games for the League One side.

He now plays Premier League football for the Bees and has scored 36 top-flight goals since 2021, raising the prospect of moving into the top six.

Toney’s contract at the Bees expires next summer, so that could happen very soon, and MacAnthony believes United would benefit hugely from his signing.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Put him in an Arsenal team, put him in a Liverpool or Man United team, he scores 30 Premier League goals in a season.

“I think anyone who disagrees with that hasn’t watched the show in the last two and a half years.

“I think there are five clubs in the world who could probably end up buying him and he will improve any of those clubs by a mile. He makes Manchester United a challenger for the Premier League.”

United are keen on a striker who could help them win the Premier League title, something they have not won since 2013.

They signed Rasmus Hojlund in the summer in a £72million deal, but he has scored just seven goals in 21 top-flight appearances this season.

MacAnthony signed Toney at Peterborough and believes he can progress even further

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MacAnthony signed Toney at Peterborough and believes he can progress even furtherCredit: Getty
Bees star could earn move to club like United this summer

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Bees star could earn move to club like United this summerCredit: Getty

Toney could be the man to change their fortunes if a deal is agreed, and MacAnthony believes he could also top the Premier League goalscoring charts.

He commented: “After scouting players not only for their technical abilities, but also for their personality and growth for 18 years, I think he is not even in his prime, even if he is 28 years old.

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“Whoever buys him, £100m will be well spent because he’s reaching his peak.

“You’re going to get five or six years of his best. He scored a goal every two Premier League games for Brentford.

“Put Ivan in an Aston Villa team under (Unai) Emery and see how many goals he scores in the Premier League. He would probably be up there for the Golden Boot.”

Following his eight-month ban for breaching FA betting rules, Toney made his first appearance of the season for Brentford in January.

He scored on his return in their 3-2 home win over Nottingham Forest and appeared to hint he would stay at the club by pointing to his chest and then the pitch.

However, he has previously been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, and Brentford boss Thomas Frank has apparently admitted Toney will be sold this summer.

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