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Manchester United should’ve signed Jorginho, claims Jamie Jackson

Manchester United should’ve signed Jorginho, claims Jamie Jackson - Manchester United News

Manchester United should have made an attempt to sign midfielder Jorginho before his deadline day move to Arsenal, claims journalist Jamie Jackson.

The Lowdown: Deadline Day

Erik ten Hag was forced into adding a fresh face in midfield after it was confirmed on Tuesday morning that Christian Eriksen would be out until the end of April at the earliest (via Man Utd).

The news of missing a key player who’s been a key part of the Dutchman’s plans since he arrived – playing 31 games in total so far – amid their position in the top four of the Premier League was only cushioned by a last-minute swoop to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer on loan (via BBC) to replace the 30-year-old.

The Latest: Jackson’s comments

However, Manchester football correspondent Jackson questioned why United didn’t attempt to bring in another midfielder available on deadline day who he dubbed as the signing of the January transfer window on Sky Sports, following Jorginho’s £12m switch to Arsenal (via BBC).

He said: “I’m going to say Jorginho [is the signing of the window], because I can’t believe for £12m… for example, the club I report on, Manchester United, who sort of need a midfielder, didn’t have a look at him; it just shows the money they don’t have at the moment.

“This is a guy who’s European champion at club and country level, he’s only 31 and crumbs – £12m to buy the gentleman, I think that’s an unbelievable value.”

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The Verdict: Right fit?

With Jorginho out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season, it made sense for the Blues to cash in on the 31-year-old amid their €329.5m (£288.9m) January window spending spree.

The Italian played 25 times for Chelsea this season, with all but one of those appearances coming as a centre-midfielder, as opposed to in a defensive role, highlighting the difference between the profile of Jorginho and Sabitzer, with the United signing playing only eight times there in his whole career.

With Casemiro occupying the defensive midfield slot at United, there perhaps wasn’t room to accommodate someone like Jorginho in his natural position, whilst Eriksen’s role further up the pitch arguably suits Sabitzer’s game more given all but one of his Bundesliga appearances this season have come as a centre-midfielder, making the move for the Austrian understandably more popular behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

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