Why Sir Alex Ferguson should sign another Veteran for this season

The talk of Manchester United’s midfield has started to become insipid, unfair criticism of Michael Carrick, whether Phil Jones is a midfielder or defender to the fact Anderson is turning into the new Djemba-Djemba.

The re-signing of Paul Scholes has boosted the squad who had been missing the young Tom Cleverly as a creative spark. As I watched the highlights of United’s 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderer in which Scholes scored, I wondered just how they’d benefit from another veteran and former United player.

David Beckham had been extremely close to signing with Paris Saint-Germain following his contract with LA Galaxy ending on 31st December. However, talks broke down and new PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Beckham rejected the deal because his family wanted to stay in Los Angeles.

I suppose it makes sense, Beckham who turns 37 in May would only be joining PSG on a short term basis, not the logical move for a young family to make. Reports suggest that he’ll sign a new contract with the Galaxy very soon; if he does it is likely a loan move whilst the MLS season is off looks likely.

Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers have been the two named clubs rumoured in signing Beckham but the player himself has said he’d find it extremely hard to play against United for any other Premier League team.

That’s why I can see a loan deal for Beckham a viable option for Sir Alex Ferguson as his United side that hope to retain the Premier League title from the advances of City and Spurs.

Scholes coming out of retirement shocked a few, especially with the sale of Darron Gibson to Everton and the fact Anderson seems to be out of favour, could the team benefit from another veteran?

Whilst Becks may not have the fitness for full on Premier League games, he could play a vital part. Scholes came off for fellow veteran Ryan Giggs against Bolton and similar rotation could be done with Beckham.

No one can argue against the statement that Beckham is one of the best crossers of the football in the World and his delivery and passing could booster United’s midfield for the rest of the season.

The hype and fame that comes with Beckham may be off putting for SAF but as Becks is close to retiring, perhaps a return and bow out to English football would make it all the more worthwhile.

He’s expected to be included in the Great Britain team come the 2012 Olympic Games, he’ll want to be fit for it and the MLS season does not start until March.

We saw fellow ex-Premier League/MLS stars Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane return with Loan deals to Arsenal and Aston Villa. If Becks does re-sign for LA Galaxy again, Fergie should give him a call and see if he can add that extra option to the United midfield with silverware in mind that would end a golden era of players.

I don’t think that’s one move David Beckham could ever turn down.


Just what is Phil Jones’ best position? #ManUtd

One of Manchester United’s most interesting signings in the summer was the capture of Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers for a transfer fee around £16.5 Million. The money is not in question as Jones has made an emphatic start at his new club and has made the most appearances for the Red Devils so far this season.

At the weekend, Jones scored his first goal for United with an excellent side footed volley in the area from Nani’s cross. It was a finish that any attacking player would be proud of and in particular United legends like Bryan Robson and Brian McClair.

It begs the question that has been on my mind throughout the season so far and that is just what is Phil Jones’ best position?

Naturally, he is a centre half and no doubt Sir Alex Ferguson signed him to be the successor of Rio Ferdinand and/or Nemanja Vidic. In particular, Fergie signed Jones not only for his football talent but also his leadership and many in the game have tipped him to be a future United captain, as well as England.

However, after seeing how well he has adapted to life at Old Trafford, it’s remarkable to think that he is only 19 years old. He plays with a sense of confidence that usually players his senior command on the pitch, he is bound to be one of the best Defenders in the future but what about now?

Jones has played at the back for United this season on a number of occasions but he has also filled in at right-back where he looked competent but not his natural game. However, the times he has been pushed up the pitch in United’s midfield has seen him come alive.

When breaking though to the Blackburn Rovers team, he was preferred in midfield mainly because of Rovers’ competent centre-backs Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba. Still he impressed as a defensive midfielder however, for United you often see him bursting forward with the ball and creating opportunities.

The beautiful finish at Villa Park, which won United the game 1-0, makes me wonder if he should be considered as a midfielder for the next several years.

Whilst the centre-back position may be his natural trait, it’s a position that is often thrived with plenty of experience and like I already mentioned in this article, Jones is bound to be one of the best when he’s older.

However, at only 19, I feel that he could solidify that United midfield that appears to be lacking this season bringing to mind the classic square pegs in round holes cliché.

And maybe the holding midfielder role isn’t even right for him, as he’s a player who likes to move forward. Perhaps a more box-to-box central midfield position would suit him and United throughout this season and through the next.

The only downside to his versatility is that he could become just that, a versatile player who fits in various positions on the pitch without making one his own. It’s a similar story to John O’Shea and his demise from the United team.

Just what is O’Shea’s best position? I couldn’t really tell you but perhaps it is unfair to compare the two, whilst O’Shea is a better footballer than often given credit for, Jones has the potential to be much, much better.

I for one can’t wait to see what is to come from the youngster, for England’s sake more over.

Manchester United’s Wing Wizards







With Manchester United signing England International Ashley Young from Aston Villa, I feel it’s pertinent to analyse the state of play with regards to the rest of the wide players currently at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson has always been a fan of wide players, the recent purchase of Young proves this to be the case. Read on…

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