Manchester United Football Club are on the cusp of completing their first signing of what is set to be a busy summer transfer window. The Red Devils confirmed that a fee has been agreed for Victor Lindelof of SL Benfica. The 22-year-old centre-back will be a welcome addition.
However, that isn’t a sentiment echoed by everyone. Former United star Ray Wilkins has had his say on the situation – and it is fair to say that Wilkins isn’t best pleased at the fact that United are set to splash £30million on someone who is unproven in the English game.
The Englishman has claimed that Lindelof has done ‘absolutely nothing’ before stating that Jose Mourinho should have opted to sign Michael Keane instead.
“We’ve got young Keane, who’s done exceptionally well at Burnley, we’re looking to bring him back at Manchester United for £28m – but all of a sudden Lindelof is £30m,” Wilkins ranted on Sky Sports News, as per the Daily Star.
“When we bring someone in from Europe, it always begins with a three. This guy [Lindelof] has done nothing, absolutely nothing, yet Keane has played a season exceptionally well in the Premier League but we’re talking £25m.”
“This guy is coming in at £32m, £33m. Can he do it? We know Keane can.
“No-one gets anything cheap from Europe, because it’s the Premier League.”
First of all, Wilkins isn’t a manager, and he isn’t in charge of Manchester United so it is not up to him in regards to who we sign. Furthermore, to say that Lindelof has done nothing is just naive. The 22-year-old has won three top-flight league titles, three cups and
The 22-year-old has won three top-flight league titles, three cups and an U21 European Championship to boot. Whereas Michael Keane has won the Sky Bet Championship. I love Keane, but there si only one winner in this discussion, unfortunately.
Sometimes these ‘pundits’ just don’t cover themselves in glory and this is a massive error on Wilkins’ part. In my opinion, Lindelof looks like an excellent player and he seems to have all the skills to be able to perform at the highest level of the game.
To me, for whatever reason, he just sounds bitter at the fact that Mourinho has opted to sign a relative unknown instead of an Englishman – but the boss did something similar last summer when we signed Eric Bailly and that turned out great.