It is almost a certainty that Eden Hazard will leave Lille this summer but where he plays next season is a question on many people’s minds.
With Hazard’s claim that he will not consider Tottenham if they are not playing Champions League football next season (London Evening Standard), the English forerunners for the Belgian’s signature are Manchester United and Arsenal. Here are three reasons why Hazard should pick Sir Alex over Arsene.
United NEED a central midfielder
Central midfield has been an area of weakness for Sir Alex’s men this season. Whilst they possess a plethora of attacking talent out wide, the absence of Fletcher and the age of Giggs and Scholes mean United’s options in the middle are scarce. Hazard could come into the side and immediately command a starting spot, with his explosive speed and technical ability giving United a central attacking threat. This would not only allow Wayne Rooney to concentrate on scoring but would also give more room out wide for United’s wingers, as defences adapt to account for the menacing Hazard.
In contrast, with the youth of Wilshere and Ramsey combined with veterans such as Rosicsky and Arteta, Arsenal’s competition in the middle might not be appealing, paving the way for Hazard’s move to United.
Sir Alex’s youth system has proven itself time and time again
Let’s not forget that despite making his debut at 16 and being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Hazard is still only 21 years old. As we all know the transition for young foreign players into the English game can end with disastrous results, so it is important that the Belgian playmaker be implemented at a suitable pace.
United’s youth system can achieve this, with Sir Alex’s team proving they can get the best out of young players and develop them into future stars. Whilst Arsene Wenger has a good amount of youth in his team, they lack the presence of veteran players who have been successful at the highest level of English football (remember Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since 2005). This lack of experienced leadership leads me to my third reason why United is simply the better fit for Hazard.
United can win right now
Manchester United are the only team that can consider a season where you look set to wrap up your 20th Premier League title poor. In addition a Champions League title in 2008 (and final appearances in 2009 and 2011) along with a League Cup in 2010 show United are continuing to achieve success. If he decides to join the Red Devils, Hazard can not only learn to adapt to the English game but learn how to win in arguably the best league in the world.
Without a trophy in 7 years, Arsenal can’t compete with this record in their bids to attract the Belgian, even with their tedious concentration on beautiful football as opposed to trophies.
Personally it appears a no brainer for Hazard at the culmination of this season. With a lack of recent success and victorious veterans, Arsenal doesn’t possess the tools for the immediate domestic and continental success that Hazard will crave.
In United, he will not only find a system that develops him gradually into the Premier League but one that also wins him medals during the process. It is this system that Hazard should be attracted to most and it is astounding that the other top six teams haven’t acknowledged it’s success and attempted to copy it.
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