• News

Manchester United should have chased Matthijs de Ligt

Getty Images

Stuart Pearce believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have been more active about de Ligt rather than pursuing Harry Maguire.

While Matthijs de Ligt has officially joined Juventus in a big money deal, it is clear that the youngster would have been a success anywhere.

The likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were all linked with the Netherlands star. However, Juventus jumped in at the right time and sealed what could be a great move for years to come.

While Manchester United’s defensive problems are well-documented, the Red Devils haven’t been able to sign a centre back so far this summer. De Ligt was reportedly linked with a move to Old Trafford but chose to join the Italians eventually.

However, there is a feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have been too focused on signing Harry Maguire and chose not to go all-out for de Ligt.

And if the Red Devils are able to sign Harry Maguire, they would actually be making a world record transfer for a defender. That wouldn’t have been the case for de Ligt whose asking price was very reasonable despite achieving so much success last season.

And Alan Brazil and Stuart Pearce feel that de Ligt provides more value for money than Maguire even though the England international is a solid option.

Speaking on Thursday morning, Sports Breakfast host and former Man United striker Brazil said: “Manchester United, could they not have gone in there with £68m?

“This is nothing to do with Harry Maguire – I like him as a player – but they are talking about £80m for Harry who is 26 and De Ligt is 20 next month but he goes for just £67.5m…”

Pearce added: “We covered the Nations League in the summer and how this kid has only gone for £67.5m, I’m not sure.

“From what I saw of him playing alongside Virgil van Dijk, he was outstanding. He plays well above his years.

“When you think of that direct comparison with the £80m for Maguire or even the £50m Manchester United paid for Aaron Wan Bissaka, you think it’s out of tilt slightly.

“There is great value with De Ligt. He’s got leadership about him.

“The only think he lacks a little bit is a turn of pace, but I think he’s got a yard in his head with the way he plays the game.”