Manchester United look set to announce their first signing of the summer, after the club agreed a fee with Benfica for Swedish centre-half Victor Lindelof.
Most associated with the Old Trafford club seem generally satisfied with the new addition, described as a competent defender who is comfortable on the ball. Everyone is impressed, everybody except Ray Wilkins.
Wilkins, who played for Manchester United, AC Milan and Chelsea during an illustrious playing career, expressed his disgust in a scathing rant whilst appearing on Sky Sport’s Transfer Centre, arguing that the Red Devils should have brought Michael Keane back to the club instead.
After Ray Parlour suggested that he thinks United will be in the market for a defensive midfielder, Wilkins then launched into a point about how overly-expensive it is to buy players from the European market and also suggested that Lindelof has ‘done nothing’ in the game in comparison to Keane.
“We’ve got young Keane who has done exceptionally well at Burnley, we’re looking to bring him back at Manchester United for £28m, all of a sudden Lindelof is 30 million.
“Now, when we bring someone in from Europe, it always starts with a 3. This guy has done nothing. Absolutely nothing. Yet Keane has played a season exceptionally well in the Premier League, but we’re talking £25m. This guy’s coming in at £32m, £33m, can he do it? We know Keane can, yet we’re prepared to spend.”
“It always starts with a 3, or a 4, or a 5. No-one gets anything cheap from Europe because it’s the Premier League.”
Manchester United fans were keen to remind Wilkins that Lindelof has already achieved quite a lot at the age of 22, referring to his 3 league titles, 3 Portuguese Cups and a European U-21 medal with Sweden. Keane in comparison has won the Championship with Burnley, but in Wilkin’s eyes, he has achieved more than the Swede as he has proved he can mix it in the Premier League.
Although Manchester United fans may have taken kindly to the news of the imminent signing, it seems like the Brexit-fuelled rants of Wilkins, Paul Merson and the like don’t look like ending anytime soon.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.