Manchester United will not pursue Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt because United expects the 19-year-old to sign with Barcelona according to Sky Sports.
The Ajax star was asked recently about his future, he had this to say: “Where do I see myself? Well, obviously the Premier League is a big competition, Spain also, but you have other competitions, it’s not (just) about those two.
“I still don’t know anything about where my future is, so I see how it goes. First, we have to play two games (in the Nations League) and then after that, we’ll see what happens next.”
De Ligt captained Ajax last season and is rated to be worth £65m. Manchester United was interested in signing de Ligt and for good reason. The young Dutchman won the double last season with Ajax by winning the Dutch cup and the League title. But he has been linked with Barcelona before the season even ended. It was just inevitable that he was going to follow his teammate Frankie de Jong to the Catalan club.
De Ligt could have been a great signing for us because at 19 to be captain of a prestigious club like Ajax and to help them to win the double is amazing at such a young age. He also lead them to the semi-finals of the Champions League. If it wasn’t for that dramatic collapse against Spurs, Ajax would have been in the final right now.
Manchester United needs more players like de Ligt because we lack leadership on the field. Last season whenever the team was behind in games none of our players couldn’t step up to help change the game positively. I hope that we can get the other targets that can have a real impact on the team. Moussa Dembele, Sean Longstaff and Adrien Rabiot just to name a few are players that United has been linked with.
We need players with a strong work ethic and passion and pride for the United shirt. If Solskjaer doesn’t bring in the players with the right type of attitude towards the game then we won’t see any real improvement in the squad.
Tell me what you think about this story. Do you believe that we can obtain a player that has the same qualities like De Ligt?