Manchester United are one of the most successful clubs in England. They rose to power under Sir Alex Ferguson and under him, the Red Devils had legendary teams, who won big trophies. In the process, United have so many legendary players. It is no wonder that it is Manchester United who dominates the media section of English football.
One of their former players Dimitar Berbatov has urged them to sign Sergio Ramos. The Spanish defender has been at Real Madrid for the past 15 seasons. He has established himself as one of the best defenders of his generation, winning countless trophies. The former Sevilla defender has made 666 appearances for Los Blancos and he would look to add more trophies to his cabinet.
However, he is now 34 years old and he is in the final few months of his contract with Real Madrid. There have been talks about an extension. Ramos wants a two-year contract extension but Florentino Perez is only willing to give him a one-year contract extension. Currently, he is free to discuss a move away from the club.
By the time this season ends he will be 35 years old. However this season he has made 17 appearances in all competitions, which goes on to show how important he has been. There have been times when Real Madrid have missed him badly in defense. Even at this age he still looks fresh and sharp and like a top player.
Berbatov’s advice and warning to Manchester United
Dimitar Berbatov wrote for Betfair stating that Manchester United should try to sign Ramos. He believes that the Red Devils could do a lot worse than Ramos. The former Fulham striker was referring to United’s poor recruitment in recent years. He said “Although he is 34, he is still a top player and United could do a lot worse. If he is available I can see a lot of teams interested in signing him.
Berbatov thinks that at this moment they don’t need another defender given Eric Baily’s good form. According to him, Baily needs to be more focused and injury-free and then can be a rock at the back for them. He said, ” I have always said that United need another defender, but looking at the recent performances of Eric Bailly, if he stays focused and injury-free then he can be a rock at the back of defence.“
However, he has also warned them that he could struggle like Thiago Silva. The 36 years old joined Chelsea on a free transfer from PSG this season. Though he had done well but it is the pace of the Premier League that he has struggled with, as he is no longer in his prime. Berbatov has warned them that Ramos might also struggle with the Premier League pace.
He said, “Thiago Silva is 36, he moved to Chelsea and, although he hasn’t been that bad, to me it looks as though he is struggling to keep up with the pace of the Premier League.” Former Monaco forward believes that players would still like to join the Red Devils and possibly it could be the money factor in the Ramos case.
12th Man Opinion
At this stage, one can only talk about things. Sergio Ramos even at this age will be a big player for any team. Though he may have lost some of his paces but he can cover that up with his experience and reading of the game.
As for Ramos, any move away from Real Madrid will depend upon three things. First, whether the club is able to pay him big, second are they playing Champions League football, and third can they win big trophies. At this stage of his career where he has won everything in world football, he would want big money and some more trophies.
Despite thier good form, a Champions League spot is not guaranteed for the Red Devils. It is not because they are not capable of one, it is because of how topsy turvy the season has been. Manchester United can certainly offer Ramos big money but at this moment they don’t seem to the team who can challenge for big trophies.
Perhaps in two or three years they might be there but not right now. Thus it is unlikely that they will be able to sign Ramos. PSG look like the most likely destination for him. They are almost guaranteed at least the Ligue 1 every season, they can pay him well and they are capable of challenging for the Champions League.