The solution I pose is a short term one. Would it be so bad if we only signed a short term solution? It has been done before. In the summer of 2001 Manchester United signed a 35 year old Laurent Blanc who went on to play 75 times for the club in just two seasons.
The player who I am talking about is Clarence Seedorf. I strongly believe that he could be a short term solution for Manchester United should we fail to sign a central midfielder. Although this view is likely to be met with scepticism, it’s something that I really feel could work for us. Technically he is as good as any player out there. His passing is still superb, both long range and short range as demonstrated vs Internacional in the Audi Cup yesterday.
Seedorf is also still in a better condition physically than Paul Scholes had been for the last 2 years. He is relatively quick, still quite agile and still very skilful. Similar to Ryan Giggs, a little bit of skill can easily take him past a player or create that extra yard he needs to execute a telling pass. At his peak he was probably one of the best players I have ever seen.
Although he only recently signed a contract extension which will see his deal expire in exactly a years time, he has revealed his desire to play in the Premier League:
“It’s always been a dream in my long career to also play in the Premier League. It’s never happened. Why? I don’t know.”
Manchester United’s star striker Wayne Rooney is also known to be a long term admirer of Clarence Seedorf. The front page of the Gazzetta Dello Sport yesterday morning had a Rooney quote on it.
R20;Sneijder? I would have more fun with Seedorf!”
Back in January 2010 before Manchester United’s last-16 Champions League tie against AC Milan Wayne Rooney also said:
R20;Seedorf is the Milan player I fear most. He’s probably the best player I’ve ever played against.”
That is a lofty compliment for Clarence Seedorf considering that in May 2009 Manchester United played and lost to this current Barcelona side in the Champions League final. He is still a very good player in my opinion, especially in terms of passing. He demonstates that every time that he plays.
Another player who could make a short term impact would be David Beckham. We all know who he is, Manchester United’s most famous number 7 in history. In 394 appearances he scored 85 goals and assisted a countless number of times. He only just turned 36 two months ago and with his current deal set to end after the current MLS season, could Sir Alex Ferguson tempt David Beckham back?
Recently we have seen on two different occasions a demonstration of what David Beckham can do. On both occasions he played superbly. He was pinging the balls and spraying the passes all over the field with pinpoint accuracy in both Manchester United’s game against Juventus for Gary Neville’s testimonial as well as in the MLS All-Star game against Manchester United last night.
His passing is possibly up there with the best, it is something that you do not lose but as always with players of his and Seedorf’s age, could they cut it in the Premier League again? I suppose that both players are clever enough to find space and make space for themselves. Both are very good passers of the ball too. I don’t see why they couldn’t. For those fantasists it would be a fairytale story if David Beckham was to return at the end of his LA Galaxy contract.
If Manchester United do not sign a big name central midfielder would you be content if either Seedorf of Beckham was to come? Are they both past it? Or would you prefer for Manchester United to give youth a chance? Feel free to comment below.