Ex-Bolton Wanderers defender Mike Whitlow believes former team-mate Eidur Gudjohnsen would be an ideal summer signing for United.
The Icelandic international striker's future at current club Barcelona is currently shrouded in doubt following the arrival of Thierry Henry from Arsenal.
Gudjohnsen has insisted he wants to stay and fight for a starting berth at Camp Nou, but has also voiced an interest in joining United if he leaves Catalonia.
And former Trotters colleague Whitlow believes Gudjohnsen could provide United with similar qualities to those possessed by United legend Eric Cantona.
"I have no doubt he would be ideal for United and a big hit with the fans," Whitlow told the Manchester Evening News. "He's been a success wherever he's been.
"Playing with Barcelona can only improve you. He has a rare quality of being able to link play and create opportunities for others as well as scoring goals."
While Gudjohnsen isn't the archetypal goal poacher Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be scouring the transfer market for, Whitlow feels the 28-year-old has enough quality in other departments to be a success at Old Trafford.
"Some suggest he doesn't score enough goals," he said. But you are never going to please everyone and I'm sure some Arsenal fans said Bergkamp didn't get enough goals.
"But how much unselfish stuff did he do and how many goals did he create? Cantona was like that and I believe Eidur is a similar type of player.
"It wouldn't bother Sir Alex if Eidur didn't get 20 goals a season because he would see what other things he brought to the party."