Manchester City seem to be eyeing Juventus Paul Pogba as a possible replacement for Yaya Toure as the Ivorian is reportedly listening to offers from big spenders PSG. Ok, I know this might sound silly but I think Manchester United should line up a bid for the former Barcelona star. Wait! I surely have my reasons. Since Toure’s days at Barcelona, Sir Alex Ferguson had watched with envy how the ‘Man-Mountain’ bosses the midfield for the Catalan giants and in fact, back then Yaya could also double as a centre back. Although United had the ever resourceful Paul Scholes, who despite his lack of height and pace could send a pass through to any angle on the pitch with his eyes closed, and Michael Carrick whose sleekness was widely noted around Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson struggled to gain Toure’s attention but the Ivorian chose their east-side neighbours instead.
While I admit that it will be extremely difficult for Manchester United to even get a bid across to the Etihad, you never can tell after all we have seen some clubs turn around to sell some of their most resourceful assets to their rivals. We did see Luis Figo leave Barcelona for Real Madrid in 2000, Rob Keane from Tottenham to Liverpool, Robin Van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United and more recently, Danny Welbeck left Old Trafford to join Arsenal. So for those of you who will hiss and wonder if City will ever consider United, there you have it… it isn’t new!
One more thing that we should consider is that Louis Van Gaal doesn’t sync well with club traditions. For those of us who know Sir Alex very well, we will agree that even for a mountain of gold, the legendary scot will never push Welbeck out not to talk of offloading him to a rival club. So now that we are aware that United’s new boss is one who likes to reshuffle and try new things, if Yaya Toure insists on exiting the Etihad, Manchester United may be one of the Ivorian’s potential suitors. More so it is not as if Manchester United are having it rosy in the midfield, they have already offloaded Tom Cleverly and Kagawa this summer and are now left with summer signings Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and Anders Herrera to join old timers, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini and Anderson. Of all the listed midfielders, only Herrera, Blind and Di Maria are valid options. Carrick hasn’t played a single game this season due to injury and although the Englishman is effective, age is no longer on his side. Fletcher hasn’t attained his full capabilities since suffering a terrible stomach bug 2 seasons ago, Fellaini is just a panic buy that hasn’t really impacted for the club and Anderson? Well, let’s just move ahead.
With this scenario playing out in Van Gaal’s head, he will surely break the bank to land a world class midfielder by January with Arturo Vidal, Kevin Strootman and more recently ChieckT iote on his mind, but if the opportunity to sign Toure opens up, it will be nice to see Manchester United swoop down on him, or who wouldn’t like to see Manchester City’s frustration each time he files out in the Chevrolet crested shirt?