Former Manchester United midfielder and Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has claimed that Old Trafford would be the perfect destination for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.
Lampard’s current deal expires in the summer and it has been speculated that there will be no offer of a new deal for the England international.
“He’ll want to continue to win and play at a high level – and there’s no higher level than Old Trafford,” said Wilkins, speaking to BBC Manchester.
34-year-old Lampard has claimed that he still has “a good few years at the top-level”, amid apparent interest from United, QPR, PSG and a number of MLS clubs.
Wilkins, a former player for both United and Chelsea also agreed with this, and says that Sir Alex Ferguson’s masterful ability to get the best out of older players like Giggs, Scholes and Van Der Sar is the reason Lampard would thrive.
Wilkins continued: “You have the master of utilizing the older player in Sir Alex Ferguson, so I think it would be a tremendous move for Frank and a good one for Manchester United as well.
“You only have to see the performances Giggs and Scholes have put in over the last few years – and they are four years older than Frank!”
PaddyPower have United as favourites to sign the three times Premier League winner with odds of just 13/8.
As per usual, there has been no word from the club on the matter, but Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of the free scoring midfielder, attempting to hijack Lampard’s move to West Ham in 2001.
Whether Ferguson would be interested this time around is another question. At 34, time is hardy on his side and he would likely command a high wage.There is little doubt about Ferguson’s ability to manage Lampard but whether he represents the right option for United’s midfield is another question.
United’s midfield is already riddled with aged players and a lot of fans feel a move for the midfielder, capped 93 times for England, could be potentially labelled as papering over the cracks of our midfield issues.
Perhaps a move for a younger, pacier midfielder could benefit the engine room in the long run with persistent doubts over Scholes’ and Fletcher’s futures in the game, while it is doubtful whether Anderson will ever step up to the plate (no pun intended).