The golden generation at Manchester United feels a distant memory away now but that should not prevent the club from attempting to restore arguably the world’s most universal football brand to its former glory.
Manchester United have been on a downward trajectory ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from management as managerial problems, a shocking recruitment strategy and subsequent frustration among the Red Devils faithful have pushed the club towards crisis point. Even the special one Jose Mourinho has been unable to inject some magic back into the theatre of dreams – if anything he’s sucked the life out of the club.
Numerous multi-million pound deals have failed to instigate the improvement which the spending at Man City has brought about, as the voids left by the likes Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes remain unfilled in United’s squad. Perhaps players of that quality are indeed irreplaceable, but with the riches United have at their disposal that defeatist notion is a difficult one to accept.
Paul Pogba represents a creative influence in midfield, but his style differs from that which Scholes used to provide. With that being said, United should be in the market for a player whom can provide a creative masterclass which at least comes close to mirroring what Scholes used to provide, and one man who has showcased the potential to become one of the most influential creative lynchpins on the planet is Frenkie de Jong.
With a soaring reputation comes interest from afar, and de Jong is no exception to the rule. According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Tottenham Hotpsur have had a 50 million euro (£45 million) bid turned down by Ajax, whilst Barcelona are also expressing an interest.
Tottenham’s interest presumably derives from the fact Mousa Dembele has entered the final year of his contract and will potentially need replacing in the not too distant future. But with reports stating that Tottenham have already had a bid worth £45 million turned down, the coast could be clear for United to swoop in.
Daniel Levy’s history in the transfer market would suggest £45 million represents the top of his financial ceiling and he will be extremely reluctant to return with an improved offer, thus clearing a potential obstacle for United.
He may only be 21-years-old but de Jong has showcased a level of creative talent which hints at an exceptionally bright future in European football and, consider the fact he is a graduate of the Ajax academy, there’s no doubt he’s destined for the top.
Like Scholes, de Jong has a habit of roaming into space wherever he can find it before demanding the ball from his teammates, whilst his natural instinct is to push the ball forward into promising attacking situations at every available opportunity is a quality which United are crying out for.
It’s too young to draw comparisons between the great Paul Scholes and a young prospect in Frenkie de Jong, but there’s no doubt the recently capped Holland international possesses the skill set to inject flair and forward-thinking vision back into United’s midfield, so the club should certainly join Tottenham in the race for his signature.
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