Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure at the end of 2013 season brought an overwhelming end to a love story so romantic that left football in tears. While the romantics of the game were left to delve into the fond memories of the Scottish maestro, the pragmatics calculated the impending doom that was to befall the club.
In his, 27-year reign at the club had the hard-hitting Scot had moulded the club in his image and he had become an embodiment of the club itself. He had made Manchester United a world-renowned brand.
The result of it is for everyone to see as another promising talent has come to the limelight in Europe and again it is the biggest club in the world, Manchester United who are being linked with a move for him. Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri could well be on his way to England this summer.
The Ivory Coast midfielder is a star player at the French club and has played over 100 games since his move to France in 2015. He was linked heavily with a move to Barcelona but the Catalans pulled out at the last minute. It seems now that the player is on his way to Manchester with Jose Mourinho keen to add him to their roster.
A player with an engine to run for 90 minutes he would certainly shape the United midfield for years to come. Although United have been linked with him, the arrival of Nemanja Matic will mean that he will not be a top priority for Jose Mourinho.
Currently, the Red Devils have Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and their French ace Paul Pogba in midfield. It will be difficult for Mourinho to adjust another midfielder into the side. United also have makeshift cover at the middle of the park in the form of Daley Blind and Phil Jones as well.
Hence his move to Manchester United will no doubt see him spending plenty of time on the bench, something he cannot afford to do at this point in his career. Moreover, in Nice, he has found a steady place in the team and staying put for at least another season might help his case as he will certainly get regular game time there.
The final complication of the deal will be the fact that Mourinho’s men will have to fend off interest from fellow title challengers like Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool and spend around £ 35 million to land the player.