Sir Alex considers surprising move.
Manchester United are on the verge of making a shock bid to sign Sol Campbell in an effort to bolster their injury-ravaged defence.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to consider Campbell as the perfect answer to his side’s defensive crisis, after the 35-year-old was given clearance to resume his playing career.
Campbell walked out on a five-year contract after just a matter of weeks, but he has now reached an agreement with the club over his registration, finally allowing him to look for another employer.
United are in desperate need of defensive cover, and Campbell’s experience could well fit the bill. The champions are without six first choice defenders through injury, and were forced to play midfielders Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher at centre-half against Wolfsburg in the Champions league win on Tuesday night.
Reports in the UK indicate Campbell could make his debut for United inside the next four to six weeks which would, ironically, see him start his Old Trafford spell against either Portsmouth or Arsenal in late January or early February. (Fox Sports)
Having seen Michael Owen proving his signing was a wise one, Sir Alex may feel that a move for Sol Campbell may be a clever one. Man United are clearly in something of an injury crisis and have very few defensive options available and bringing in a player as experienced as the former Tottenham, Arsenal and Portsmouth man could only be a good thing.
Anyone questioning whether the 35 year old can still cut it in the Premier League has to take into account that Sol managed 32 starts last term and looked more than capable of doing a good job whilst at struggling Portsmouth.
As a short term option there is probably not a better player around who is immediately available and only his reported massive wages would be a stumbling block so perhaps Ferguson can sign the centre back to a pay as you play deal that would suit all parties and perhaps Campbell may feel that he could sneak into the England reckoning if he made such a move.