Three reasons why Manchester United shouldn’t make a move for Diego Godin

Godin the answer? Probably not. Image used under Creative Commons.

Last night, reports emerged suggesting that Manchester United were keen on making a January move for Atletico Madrid’s world-class centre-half, Diego Godin.

The Uruguayan is amongst the best in the business at what he does. That cannot be questioned. What does come to mind, though, is where exactly would he fit in at Old Trafford?

Sure, in terms of a short-term fit, it’d be a stunning deal. He’d bring leadership qualities, experience and sheer desire. That’s something that United’s back four has been seriously struggling with recently.

Although on the face of it, this looks like a brilliant deal, the more you dig deeper, the more concerned you become. It’s a mistake that United have made before, most recently with Nemanja Matic…

Age isn’t just a number

Godin is 32 now. He’ll be 33 in February. Realistically, how many years of service are you going to get out of him? Maybe this season and possibly one more, but that’s about it.

In the short-term, he’d be a wonderful signing, but in eighteen months time, you’ll have to replace him, putting United back to square one. If Jose Mourinho is serious about building a legacy at the Theatre of Dreams, he has to be thinking younger. Heck, the aforementioned Matic arrived at United aged 29, I think it’s fair to say that he already looks finished.

Godin would hamper the development of others

Mourinho has invested in centre-backs, and for what it’s worth, both of whom are talented. In Eric Bailly’s debut season, he was by far and away our best defender. Then you have Victor Lindelof, who himself, is emerging as a top player. Bringing in Godin now would mean fewer minutes for both of these guys, in all likelihood, it’d probably signal the end of Bailly’s United career…

If you offered me a 24-year-old Bailly for close to a decade, or a 32-year-old Godin for a year or so, the answer, to me, is obvious. It would be a different story if United were moving for, let’s say, a 25-year-old Raphael Varane or a 27-year-old Kalidou Koulibaly, however…

Quickness is key

The Premier League is fast-paced. An ageing Godin isn’t going to be able to go toe-to-toe speed-wise with a Jamie Vardy or even a Sergio Aguero. You need the quickness to cover for an out-of-position teammate, and sure, having an excellent footballing brain will help you out more often than not, but sometimes, in situations out of your control, you need raw pace. The 32-year-old doesn’t have that.

I’d definitely urge United to look elsewhere, there are far better options available. Some of whom are much closer to home. Let’s be honest, Timothy Fosu-Mensah can’t do any worse than Phil Jones, while Lindelof is improving all the time. Who knows, the answer may already be right under Mourinho’s nose…

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