An insane fan theory is doing the rounds on the internet. According to fans, the days of United’s defense woes could be over with the shock signing of Matthijs de Ligt. A legendary United defender is reported to be orchestrating the unbelievable transfer.
The unfolding of the drama
Reddit user DougieWR observed that United’s current number #5 , Marcos Rojo switched to number #16, keeping the revered #5 free. He speculated that a De Ligt transfer was all the more probable given this observation.
The person who revealed the news, Reddit user RightsaidFred_MUFC, confirmed Rio’s massive role in the deal. The user also revealed that the club is trying to inculcate ‘past greatness into the present’.
Since Ferdinand himself wore the #5 for United under Sir Alex, he is said to hold persuasive value in any deal with a defender.
While users suggested that the news should be taken with a pinch of salt, it seems all too plausible that such a move could take place.
Rio Ferdinand is rumoured to be appointed as the technical director at Manchester United . A legendary defender and teammate of current boss Solskjaer, Rio is one of the favourites to land the post.
It would be a stroke of pure genius to appoint him, given his vast knowledge and rapport with the staff and his obvious respect for the fans and the club.
Matthijs De Ligt : Man Utd and Barcelona in a tug of war over the hottest property in world football
De Ligt has been in the thick of transfer rumours this season. A phenomenal season at Ajax in the Eredivisie and UEFA Champions League has resulted in many top clubs scrambling to get the talented defender.
He has been heavily linked with a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona recently.
He is expected to join his teammate De Jong at Camp Nou after United seemingly backed off the deal yesterday.
De Ligt wants to play Champions League football. With Manchester United failing to provide that in the new season, De Ligt is perhaps not motivated enough to commit to the move.
However, Rio Ferdinand is said to be one of the young Dutchman’s childhood heroes. If Rio does persist, De Ligt will be compelled to listen to the advice of the defender.
Best signing of the post-Ferguson era
De Ligt’s signing would be in the true spirit of United. That is, buying young talent and helping them grow to be legends in their own rights.
After the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Old Trafford has lost quite a lot of its spark. A string of high profile signings might have done well for the club’s image , but hardly enough for their performances.
Playing dismally season after season has left everyone at the club worried. With Ole Gunnar being promised all the support to completely rebuild the team, the transfer window seems to be United’s only remaining shot at redemption.