Date: 21st January 2015 at 4:14am
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Axel Witsel commits a horror tackle on Marcin Wasilewski

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has recently caused transfer speculation by noting how he’d like to join United one day.

The Belgian international was quoted:

‘It’s true that I like the Premier League, because it is one of the best league’s in the world, for me, together with Germany and Spain. It is a very good league, it is a crazy league. A lot of my colleagues play there, but we will see.

‘I am still young, only 26. We‘ll see in the future. I have always liked Manchester United from when I was young.’

While United do need a combative midfielder Louis Van Gaal may be put off signing Witsel by the fact he once committed a horror tackle on Marcin Wasilewski while playing for Standard Liege in 2009. Wasilewski was left with a broken leg as a result of the challenge which resulted in an eight match ban for Witsel.

It may have been a long time ago, but Van Gaal could be reluctant to sign a player who commits such tackles, sometimes wanting to play for United isn’t enough to make it happen. Watch this space….