Victor Ikpeba, a former African Footballer of the Year, has advised Manchester United to get a player who resembles Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne if they want to contend for the Premier League championship.
The Red Devils are nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City after seven games in the top division following a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace in the most recent round of games.
After Mason Greenwood’s off-the-field troubles, it was rumored that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wanted to keep him, but the authorities at Old Trafford decided it was better for the forward to be sent out on loan.
Ikpeba believes Manchester United is in need of a creative player and emphasized that Greenwood is not the solution to their offensive issues.
The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations champion is perplexed by Bruno Fernandes’ position on Manchester United’s roster and noted that the Portugal international hasn’t been particularly effective this season in his playmaking responsibilities.
Greenwood is not a Messiah, Ikpeba said on SuperSport’s Monday Night Football, which allnigeriasoccer.com was watching.
“I’m not sure where I’ll put Bruno Fernandes. Is he a number 10, a left- or right-sided attacking midfielder? Actually, I’m unaware of Fernandes’ viewpoint.
He is erratic, says the person. Yes, he can score some beautiful goals, but I believe what Manchester United needs is a player with the ability to make a difference and provide crosses, such as Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, or Bernardo Silva.
Ikpeba, a former student of great coach Arsene Wenger, was a member of the Monaco team that held Manchester United to two draws in the 1997–1998 UEFA Champions League season.