Manchester United have secured the long term future of central defender Scott Wootton, a possible successor to Rio Ferdinand.
Scott Wootton took a huge gamble when he decided to leave Liverpool and join Manchester United. If he ever goes back to Anfield in a United shirt, and his talent suggests he will, he’s going to get a fair bit of verbal abuse.
The good news for him is that the gamble seems to have paid off. Sir Alex Ferguson sees something in Wootton that has been missing from young United centre backs with the exception of Jonny Evans.
United fans will have lingering worries over how the club is going to cope once Rio Ferdinand has either retired or moved on and when club captain Nemanja Vidic eventually calls it a day.
Well don’t worry, you’re safe and secure with one of the best English defensive prospects to come out of the Premier League for many years.
It would be pointless to write a list of Wootton’s abilities and attributes as a United defender because they are common with every decent centre back playing Premier League football at the moment.
He’s even shown glimpses of his guts and determination in the first team this season. This may have caused him to get stuck in at Old Trafford and fight for a first team place but he deserves praise for making a different decision.
Rather than sit on the bench at Old Trafford, Wootton has agreed to a loan deal to go and play for Peterborough United in the Championship.
He’s been on loan at this club before and it gives him the cliché advantage of being able to play first team games and gain experience in a much more physical league than the Premier League.
This is clever in itself because any savvy football fan will point out that Wootton does not have the physical stature of either Ferdinand or Vidic. Therefore, it’s important he learns how to play against aggressive strikers as a smaller defender early in his career.
What this guarantees is that when he does start taking a regular place in the United back four alongside the likes of Evans and Phil Jones, he will not be out of his depth because he will know how to stand up for himself against an Andy Carroll or Peter Crouch.
The future is bright United fans so don’t start pulling your hair out when you read about Ferdinand going to West Ham or Vidic calling it a day because of injury.
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