Premier League giant, Manchester United have been told to avoid going for Nigerian and Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi and West Ham’s Declan Rice even as they seek to bolster their midfield ahead of next season.
United edged Leicester City to a top four finish beating the foxes 2-0 on season final day with Ndidi scoring high ratings for his solid performance in the game in which only Bruno Fermandes rated higher than the Nigerian.
The Red Devils are being linked with dozens of players with Ndidi’s name regularly popping up, but Manchester Evening News, a strong voice on Greater Manchester, writes via its opinion segment that it is not the right time for United to go for the Nigerian star and Rice ‘despite their undoubted merits’.
“It would be very tempting to go for either man, with Rice a 21-year-old England international of immense potential. The fact United have considered him [Rice] in the past and Chelsea links persist should not cloud Solskjaer’s judgement, however.
“Nor should the stats around Ndidi or the clamour on social media for United to pounce for Leicester’s Mr Consistent, who remarkably is still only 23 years old,” The Manchester Evening News opinion writer stated.
United are advised to sign Ndidi only when the performances of the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay or Nemanja Matic all of whom share similar defensive midfield capabilities as the Nigerian, begin to wane.
“Perhaps Ndidi ought to become targets for a future window, then, once it is clear that Matic’s powers are fading, or if Fred and Mclominay fail to build on their progressive seasons.”
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