Kara Mbodj's towering performance suggests Celtic and West Ham made transfer error

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Anderlecht's Kara Mbodji

After an impressive performance against Manchester United, West Ham and Celtic may be regretting not signing Kara Mbodj for a bargain price.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Anderlecht's Kara MbodjiManchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Anderlecht's Kara Mbodj

Kara Mbodj produced a towering performance against Manchester United in the Europa League last night and was unlucky to land up on the losing side.

The Senegalese defender was an imposing figure amid relentless pressure from United at Old Trafford and did his best to stand firm.

Mbodj, 27, has been linked with a move to the UK several times and there might have been a few clubs last night regretting not making a move.

West Ham and Celtic were prominently linked in the summer of 2015, with The Sun reporting at one stage the Hammers had won the race for his signature.

Anderlecht's Kara Mbodji in action with Manchester United's Paul PogbaAnderlecht's Kara Mbodji in action with Manchester United's Paul Pogba

The Daily Mail linked Celtic with a move as a replacement for Virgil van Dijk but both were beaten to the Racing Genk defender by Anderlecht, who paid just £3.4 million to sign the centre-back.

Mbodj has continued to attract interest, with Leicester City quoted £13 million for him this January, the Leicester Mercury reported.

Last night's performance showed that sort of valuation is realistic, and both West Ham and Celtic should be rueing not making a bargain move two years ago.

Mbodj made 10 clearances, winning seven aerial battles, and almost turned game winner by setting up an extra time chance for Franck Acheampong which would have seen Anderlecht go through on away goals if he scored.

His performance last night could see him finally land a big move this summer, but he will cost a lot more than £3.4 million.

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