Saturday 19 August 2017

'What a player he would be for United' - Roy Keane gives a glowing endorsement to Jose Mourinho's top target

Roy Keane
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane has urged Manchester United to do all they can to sign Antoine Griezmann next summer, after offering up a glowing assessment of the Atletico Madrid striker.

United have been persistently linked with an £85m move to sign Griezmann in recent month, with the Old Trafford club believed to have identified the France marksman as their chief transfer target for next summer.

With United skipper Wayne Rooney looking increasingly likely to leave the Old Trafford ahead of next season, Griezmann has been identified as the future of manager Jose Mourinho’s forward line and the former United skipper Roy Keane has backed the club to sign the striker who scored for Atletico Madrid in their 4-2 Champions League win against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.

“He is a really top player and obviously he has been linked with United,” Keane told ITV Sport. “What a player he would be for United.

Antoine Griezmann has been linked with Manchester United
Antoine Griezmann has been linked with Manchester United

“He has been fantastic. I have been really shocked at the level he is playing at over the last two or three years. We are seeing the goals on a regular basis, in all the big games, at international level and on Champions League nights.”

Griezmann has hinted that he is interested in the progress of Mourinho’s side and has discussed the club’s prospects with his France team-mate and United record signing Paul Pogba.

“I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United,” Griezmann told Sky in Germany. ”I think they are a huge club with a really good infrastructure.

“I ask Paul about some of the players, and if they’re really that good, or if Jose Mourinho is really that good.

“You hear a lot of things [speculation] about Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but right now I don’t see me moving to a new club. But it would be awesome to play alongside Paul one day.”

Despite those positive words, Griezmann has since hinted that he may not be keen on a move to England due to the inclement weather and the possible intrusions into his private life from the media.

Whatever his reservations, there is no doubt that one United legend would be pleased to see Griezmann make the move to Old Trafford at some point in 2017.

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