In a rather surprising statement, Dwight Yorke has urged Manchester United to get rid of Anthony and replace him with someone like Tottenham superstar Son Heung-min.
Son was one of several Tottenham players who struggled last season in a misfiring side under Antonio Conte but the South Korean has reclaimed his status as one of the Premier League’s best players this season.
The 31-year-old is now the captain of Spurs and one of the longest-serving players at the club, and according to some sources, the North London club want to tie him down to a new deal.
This has been reported by several outlets over the past few weeks, including Football Insider, who said that the Lilywhites are ready to offer their skipper a new deal, with the forward allegedly keen on being a key part of Ange Postecoglou’s project at the club.
Dwight Yorke asks Man United to buy players like Heung-min Son
Yorke has now made a claim that will raise eyebrows, identifying Son as the kind of player that his former side need to compete for honours.
The Man Utd legend insisted that the Tottenham star would have a similar impact at Old Trafford to the one Robin Van Persie did when he made the switch from Arsenal.
Yorke told Goal.com: “Players like Antony will understand they’re not performing as they should. It’s tough for him and I feel for him, but it’s both his and the club’s responsibility if things don’t work out.
“The club has to move these players on as quickly as possible or else they’ll find themselves in the same position every year – having average players signed to long contracts and not contributing what we expect of them.
“Karim Benzema would offer a boatload of experience, but the club has already tried that strategy with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.
This approach works OK as these players still have the occasional moment of magic in them, but that’s not where United need to be. They need to buy players like Son – players who can make a difference to your team.
“Sometimes signing older players works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sir Alex knew what he was doing by bringing in Van Persie as he had so much experience in football. Van Persie wasn’t a surprise to anyone as we all knew what he was capable of.”
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Man Utd fans and the club’s former players still live in a delusional world where they are the Man Utd of a decade and a half ago, who can just poach players from the likes of Spurs and Arsenal.
They are not that kind of a club any longer. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a much more exciting place to be than Old Trafford at the moment, given the state of the different projects under Postecolgou and Ten Hag.