Three reasons why Man United don’t need Chelsea target Pedro
Ned Bristow takes a look at three reasons why Man United don’t need Chelsea-bound Pedro Rodriguez
1) Memphis Depay
Reports of Chelsea agreeing a fee for Pedro Rodriguez could not have come at a better time to those wearing red in Manchester. After being accused of lacking a creative and attacking edge in their two Premier League wins, United turned on the style last night to come out 3-1 winners at home to Club Brugge in their Champions League qualifier. One man in particular claimed the headlines, as Memphis – sporting the iconic number seven shirt – announced himself to the Old Trafford faithful with two goals following a £25m move from PSV three months ago. In the words of Michael Owen, “he looks like a footballer,” and he certainly looked the part against last year’s Belgian Pro League runners up. The pacey 21-year-old started in his preferred left-wing position, and could have had a hat-trick to top off his inspired display. None of the 76,000 in attendance will begrudge him that, though, as his performance paves the way to a new hope of attacking threat for the 20-time top-flight champions. All eyes will be on the young Dutchman when United return to domestic action this Saturday lunchtime; Louis van Gaal’s side welcome Newcastle to the Theatre of Dreams and another dull 1-0 score line will do little to silence critics of the side’s early performances. Another performance like that of last night, and Memphis would go some way to deflecting any pressure from his barren captain and defensive manager.
With Chelsea’s offer for Pedro rumoured to be in the region of £21m, United can channel their funds into other, more essential causes. The club seem to be in desperate need of a centre-half and a striker, and the ‘Pedro fund’ could go a long way in terms of financial and time restraints to bringing in two top-class players in weaker areas of the pitch. England’s top clubs are being forced to spend more and more to get their targets due to intense media interest and the ever-rising value of players, so United fans may hope that Pedro’s move to Chelsea could encourage Van Gaal to look within – and have faith in – his own ranks. Despite rumours emerging today that Van Gaal will allow the tricky Belgian to leave on loan, Adnan Januzaj has taken his early chances this season and proven that he can live up to the potential that saw him promoted to the first team at just 18-years-old. Now aged 20, Januzaj has already stacked up over 50 first team appearances and has regularly shown flickers of the talent that could see him establish himself as a first team Premier League player for many years to come.
3) Thomas Müller
While many Reds doubt their club’s ability to bring the World Cup winner to Manchester, rumours are rife that the 25-year-old has been the subject of a bid from Old Trafford. He has been deemed priceless by Bayern Munich, but is also said to have been flattered by talk of a £60m offer to join countryman Bastian Schweinsteiger at the Premier League era’s most successful club. Thomas Müller scored twice in Bayern’s 5-0 opening day win over Hamburger SV, and his outstanding strike rate as well as his attacking versatility makes him an ideal player for a phoenix United side looking to re-establish themselves at the top of the English ladder. It is thought he could plug gaps across the front three, which would soften the blow of what would be a monumental price tag. Schweinsteiger’s recent arrival in Manchester could also sway Müller into a move across Europe, while United would almost certainly have to secure Champions League football in order to lure the 2010 Golden Boot winner to England.