Sports

Ian Wright says Man Utd star would have been better off joining Arsenal – Mirror Online

Manchester United have only made one signing this summer – and Ian Wright reckons he would have been better off joining Arsenal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side recruited Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a £40million deal, having so far been frustrated in their pursuit of top target Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils are understood to be readying a £90million offer to Borussia Dortmund for Sancho’s services – but in the meantime Van de Beek remains their sole signing of the summer.

Wright has questioned whether United made the right choice in swooping for the Dutch star, insisting the 23-year-old faces a tough fight with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba for a place in Solskjaer’s side.

“Donny van de Beek, he’s someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken,” said the former Gunners striker on The Kelly & Wrighty Show .

Ian Wright believes Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba are too similar
(Image: Manchester United via Getty Imag)

“When you look at Pogba, what he’s doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek’s position.

“So people are thinking they’re going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

“Because as much as he can play there, that’s not his preferred position to play.

“So again, spend the money, yeah he’s a great player and yes take him, but you’ve still got to look for the players that you know are going to improve your team.”

Ian Wright took a cheeky dig at two Arsenal ex-players while congratulating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on his new deal

Wright described Van de Beek as ‘a quality player’ but questioned whether he was right for United this summer
(Image: IAN WRIGHT)

While United have targeted Sancho to sharpen up their attack, many observers have pointed out that what United really need is a long-term centre-back partner for captain Harry Maguire.

And Van de Beek was not the priority signing United needed this summer, according to Wright.

“Listen, Donny van de Beek will be a good player for Man United in time because he’s a quality player,” he said.

Which positions do Manchester United need to strengthen before the transfer deadline? Have your say here

The former United man criticised the Red Devils for not having a strong centre-back partner for Harry Maguire

United need a strong centre-back partner for Harry Maguire
(Image: SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United are looking to plot their path back to the top. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s number one target.

And you can keep track of their journey by signing up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter!

From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox.

Signing up is simple. Put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link.

“But is he what they need right now?”

Fellow pundit Micah Richards agreed with Wright’s appraisal, with the former Manchester City defender describing Van de Beek as “a panic buy” for United.

Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *