Manchester United Linked With Shock Move for Manchester City Defender

Old Trafford boss considers surprise move for Eastlands youngster.

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in signing disaffected Manchester City defender Micah Richards this summer. The Old Trafford boss knows that the chances of persuading their neighbours to sell them one of their players are slim but he may hope that the player himself will push for a move to the Premier League table toppers.

Ferguson is looking to freshen up his squad as a number of his ageing stars near the end of their careers and other under performing members look like being offloaded in the summer. The adaptable 22 year old City man has been frustrated by his lack of first team opportunities and would surely be tempted by a move to Man United.

Micah Richards has managed just 12 Premier League starts this season and the England international is apparently unhappy at not being a first team regular and that could lead to the Birmingham born youngster asking to leave Eastlands.

With Gary Neville retiring from the game and neither John O’Shea or Rafael being out and out first choice right backs there could well be space for Richards to shine in the Man United back four. He is also very effective in a central defensive role and it this versatility that may attract Ferguson.

Central defensive options at Man United may have improved with the mature displays shown by Chris Smalling impressing many, however the continued injury concerns over Rio Ferdinand and the drop in form shown by Jonny Evans may leave Ferguson looking for further strength in depth.

Micah Richards was reportedly a target for Ferguson a couple of seasons back and it appears the defender is back on his radar. The Man City man is now sixth season in the first team and has amassed an impressive total of 150+ senior appearances in the process.

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