Thursday 24 October 2019

Stam urges United bosses to bring in De Ligt

Manchester United's Jaap Stam in action during the Treble Reunion Match. Photo: Reuters/Ed Sykes
Manchester United's Jaap Stam in action during the Treble Reunion Match. Photo: Reuters/Ed Sykes

Simon Peach

Ajax's Matthijs De Ligt says his future is up in the air and compatriot Jaap Stam believes the highly rated defender would fit in well at Manchester United.

Having starred in the Dutch giants' run to the Champions League semi-finals, 19-year-old De Ligt has been attracting admiring glances from across Europe.

He has been strongly linked with a summer move to Barcelona - who have already signed midfielder Frenkie De Jong from the Amsterdam club - and United has also been mentioned as a possible destination.

"Well, the Premier League is a big competition, Spain also," said De Ligt.

"But you have other competitions, it's not (just) about those two. I still don't know anything about where my future is, so I see how it goes."

De Ligt, who started against United in the Europa League final two years ago, has long been tracked by the Manchester giants, but the feeling around the club is that he will be heading to the Nou Camp.

United are keen to sign a centre-back this summer, though, and 1999 treble hero Stam believes De Ligt would be a good fit for his former club.

"He's a great player," Stam said. "He's only a youngster as everybody knows. But in how he plays, he's an adult, to be honest.

"He's got composure on the ball, he's aggressive tactically, he sees the game, he reads the game well and he's got that driving force for himself as well in what you need to achieve and where you want to go to.

"I think he would suit very well over here if they're trying to pick him up.

"He's the type of player that a manager I think wants to work with."

And it is not just central defence that Stam believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to look at.

"Well, I think in every (position), like up front, in the midfield and in the back four, they can use some extra quality as well," he added.

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