Why £15m midfielder should go United, not Chelsea; AVB to blame?

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Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham involved

The main transfer talk over the weekend has been on 27-year-old Colombian international Fredy Guarin, who has apparently interested the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.

I think for the players best interest in English football that he should go to Manchester United, due to the likelihood of getting a lot more game time.

The player has been ever-present in Inter Milan's team this season, playing playing as an attack minded central midfielder. For Tottenham and Chelsea, this is possibly the last place their management should be looking due to the quantity of players already at the club in these positions.

If the player was to move to Chelsea, he would face 7/8 very talented competitors and would perhaps struggle to oust them to get a good solid run of game time, so I feel he would become another face on the bench.

Similarly at Tottenham, they have a number of attacking midfielders already at the club and from an outside point of view, it just looks like a bad move. Especially in their current situation.

Therefore, I believe Manchester United would be the best move for him. He would face competition from the likes of Kagawa and Cleverley (potentially) but on the face of it would be first-choice for United. Whether or not he is the person to drive Manchester United up the table is another question, because if I was them, I would perhaps look elsewhere.


Up until today, I always thought AVB got the raw end of the deal by the press. Both at Chelsea and Tottenham, I always thought there was some animosity towards him and I never understood why.

That's why I find it no surprise that the press have launched an assault on his position at the club, but this time he doesn't have a leg to stand on.

I watched as Liverpool picked and pulled at a fragile Tottenham side that just didn't turn up. A side that looked completely different to the side that played Anzi mid-week in the Europa League and at the end of it, I thought the Spurs manager had done himself no favours.

The team looked incredible unbalanced and void of any ideas, they struggled to break down a Liverpool side that, again was motivated by their unplayable front-man and showed that, even without Gerrard they will still pick up points in the league.

Whether it was down to poor preparation, or the players just not wanting to play for him - I don't know.

I think if he is lucky enough to make it through this week, then the next game against Southampton certainly turns into a life-changer for the manager. Another loss and I believe his time left in English football will be all but over.

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