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Juan Veron - Manchester United's £28 million man planning a comeback

Juan Sebastián Verón

Could former Manchester United man Juan Veron be planning a sensational return to football?

There are few players to have played at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson to have divided opinion quite like Juan Veron.

Some fans view him as a chronic waste of £28 million who flattered to deceive, and the club were lucky to sucker in Chelsea to recapture £16 million of the fee, while other supporters see him as an amazing talent and missed opportunity who was sold too soon, just as he was appearing to be coming into his own.

Whichever your view on his time in English football, it is hard to argue against the footballing ability he possessed, his superb performances in the late 1990s with Lazio, and the way he inspired boyhood club Estudiantes to win South America's biggest prize, the Copa Libertadores in 2009. 

These were the sensational scenes when Juan Veron retired last July, as he prepared to play in his final home game for them against Olimpo. It should be noted that Estudiantes won the match 1-0 thanks to an assist from the 'Little Witch'.

He did extend his career for a few months with amateur side Brandsen, but for presently he is retired and out of action. Or is he?

Now there is talk that 'Seba' could be ready to lace up his magic boots once more and tee up one of his trademark passes.

He took part in training today with Estudiantes, who have not won in nine matches, and reports have now claimed the Argentine is to travel to Italy in May to see a specialist about finding a solution to a troublesome ankle injury.

If he can get the all clear, there is every chance he will return to help out his former club and give them a lift, in a similar way to former teammate Paul Scholes when he came out of retirement last season for United.

For fans of the player, the possibility of seeing him, or just the thought of him playing professional football again will be enough to bring a smile to their faces.

What did you make of Veron's career? Did he fulfill his potential?


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