Sir Alex Ferguson has been criticised over the past few months over his transfer dealings. His decision to go for RVP in the transfer window rather than a world class central midfielder may come back to haunt him but with rumours circulating as reliably as Mitt Romney says moronic statements perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel.
It has become almost routine for Manchester United to go a goal down before they start playing this season and although they sit just one point off the top of the tree Fergie has cast his eye toward France to look at a short term solution for his defensive problems.
According to caughtoffside.com, Diego Lugano has been firmly locked into the sights of Sir Alex and is looking for a move in January. The 31 year old centre back has a world of experience with 61 caps for Uruguay and was named the best captain of the 2010 World Cup.
He helped Fenerbahce to two league titles and became a firm favourite of the fans with his robust tackling and ability to score the odd goal from his head or a dead ball situation.
Last summer he moved to the team with as much money as Richy Rich, Paris St Germain but due to injuries and a lack of form he has only been part of the peripheries of the squad. For this reason it is expected that Ancelotti wouldn’t stand in his way if United came in for him. Adding the fact he only cost PSG £2.2million means it won’t take too much money for them to let the Copa America winner go.
Transfers like this remind me of such strokes of genius as signing Henrik Larsson on loan in 2007 or Henning Berg in 1997. Not players signed in order to enhance the squad but merely to do a job with a professional attitude. Of course we may also mention such transfers that didn’t end up doing so well such as Laurent Blanc who had his moments of disaster and let’s not forget Eric Djemba-Djemba even though most United fans try to.
Lugano would certainly bring a commanding presence to the defence that has been lacking in certain matches this season. Games against Spurs and Braga in which no one took control of the defence and the opposition were allowed to score a goal that wouldn’t look out of place on a PS3. Lugano knows how to organise and would most likely be rotated with Ferdinand with a more spritely partner to do the running,if the transfer were to go through.
The only worry about Lugano is his discipline. His most high profile display was a tackle on potential future team mate Robin Van Persie, click here to view. He has also been know for starting fights against Argentina and during bad blooded derbies in Turkey. Of course even someone as mild mannered as Michael Palin could probably start a fight during a game involving Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
Discipline aside Lugano could be a fine short term solution to Manchester United’s defensive problems, this is certainly a deal that would be better off materialising than fading away.