Man Utd alerted to ‘next Paul Scholes’ but Erik ten Hag may need transfer miracle
Manchester United may be fighting a losing battle in their quest for a talented midfielder.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson compares Jude Bellingham to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes. However, Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag may struggle to sign the talented midfield master, with intense competition threatening to push United out of the running entirely.
Under renowned manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Scholes was a pillar of the United starting XI, earning 11 Premier League titles and establishing himself as one of the best midfielders of his period.
Naturally, finding someone who can match his exploits is important on every manager’s priorities list, and Eriksson believes that Bellingham has the potential to become a player of Scholes’ caliber. The former Three Lions, Lazio, and Manchester City manager told OLBG: “Jude Bellingham appears to be completely unafraid and full of confidence.
“He can dribble in tight spaces and is a graceful player who can drift away with the ball. Bellingham appeals to me.
“Bellingham is similar to Paul Scholes in that he can dribble, pass, and score goals. They’re not the same player, but if I had to compare him to anyone, I’d say Paul Scholes rather than Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard.”
Although being compared to a United legend should arouse Ten Hag’s interest in the Borussia Dortmund kid, initiating a successful transfer pursuit may ultimately be out of his hands.
According to Sky Germany, intense competition from Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid has practically eliminated the Red Devils from contention. United came close to signing Bellingham before he decided on Dortmund in 2020, with Ferguson even being drafted in to give him a personal tour of the training facilities.
However, with the aforementioned trio working hard to get an advantage, Ten Hag may need a miracle for United to fight their way back into the transfer struggle. The Bernabeu is home to one of the most glamorous football teams on the planet, City can provide a reunion with Erling Haaland, and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly on a personal mission to close the transaction.
Dortmund is said to be planning to cash out next summer, should an interested party matches their £130 million estimate. After a brilliant World Cup campaign with England, in which Bellingham shined against Senegal, Iran, and France, the chances of accepting a reduced fee appear minimal.
Ten Hag made addressing United’s midfield deficiency one of his initial goals after being appointed earlier this year, finally opting for Casemiro in a big-money transfer, though it is believed that the Dutchman would not turn down the chance to add another excellent midfielder.