Manchester United Football Club has always had success when it comes to signing young players and developing their abilities.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Why they changed their model in the aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure I’ll never know, but it seems as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to take it back to basics at Old Trafford.
Yesterday, Foot Mercato link the Red Devils with Jean-Pierre Longonda, with United sending scouts to watch the 17-year-old midfielder; though Solskjaer wouldn’t be alone in the chase.
Longonda, who currently plies his trade for Lille in Ligue 1, is attracting some serious interest with both Chelsea, Liverpool, and a whole host of clubs across the continent also keen.
The Belgium U17 international hasn’t signed a professional deal with Lille so he could be available relatively cheaply. With several options on the table, the young man could be set for a pretty decent pay-day for one so young.
United worked wonders with teenagers. Why shouldn’t they make the move for another one in Longonda? Midfield is an area in which Solskjaer isn’t blessed with ample options, so who knows, if the young Belgian comes in and does well there could be first-team opportunities there sooner than he thinks…
With stiff competition, it’s a real toss of a coin as to whether Longonda would choose to head to Manchester – but first, it’s down to United to decide whether to firm up their interest by tabling an official offer.