Reports have been circulating that David Moyes is preparing a bid to bring Chelsea centre-back David Luiz to Old Trafford – with those reports citing that he may not be a Mourinho player and might not play regularly under him.
Mourinho has repeatedly said over the summer that Luiz is not for sale after Barcelona expressed interest in the Brazilian defender.
But Luiz to Manchester United just won’t happen, the move doesn’t make sense. The lad is a quality player, and not many people will doubt his ability but he just isn’t a David Moyes player, and fitting him in to the current United side would be a massive headache.
Throughout Moyes’ time in the Premier League, he likes his defensive unit to be solid, and to have a good shape. He hasn’t been alien to allowing his centre-halves being good on the ball, and bringing it out of defence – Joleon Lescott liked to bring the ball out from the heart of defence, and had joy in the final third of the field under Moyes but Luiz is a different kettle of fish.
It has been well documented that Luiz can be a rash individual but he just goes against anything of Moyes’ defensive structure – not to mention the club has several players who can play centre-backs. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans.
Let us suppose he would be bought to play in midfield, where would Moyes accommodate him? Though United have looked to be in the market for several midfielders in the summer, Cesc Fabregas and Marouanne Fellaini instantly spring to mind, yet they seem to operate in a different part of the field compared to Luiz.
There is also the question to accommodating Luiz in a side with Michael Carrick who is in the form of his life, wouldn’t they just step on each other’s toes and try and do a similar job.
If they are going to pay such a fee for a player, it is highly unlikely that they will be content with a place on the bench every week – and there’s the idea that fans will want to see a big money player. It just doesn't make sense.
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