Manchester United fans are looking aghast here in the Football Transfer Tavern as the Daily Mail claim that they missed out on a world class central defender – all because they signed Phil Jones!
Raphael Varane was reportedly considering a move to Old Trafford before joining Real Madrid back in 2011.
However, the now French international finally opted for the La Liga side after seeing Phil Jones join the Red Devils.
Former Blackburn Rovers man Jones, was then, thought to be one of the brightest young defenders in English football but this early enthusiasm has been traded for skepticism regarding his long-term career credentials.
Varane claimed: “Manchester United? They had just signed Phil Jones in my position.”
Obviously, as one of our punters notes, that has turned out to be a huge loss for United with Varane looking better and better with each passing game and Jones resembling something like a Sunday league defender, at times.
Given Jose Mourinho has repeatedly been linked with the Varane since leaving Real Madrid for Chelsea at the beginning of 2013/14, we certainly think the Frenchman is not short of suitors and despite signing a new deal at Real Madrid, the former Lens man could well have his head turned in the future.
Manchester United fans. Would you rather have Jones or Varane? How good could you have been with the Frenchman at the back? Let us know your thoughts below.