Former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick has suggested that Youri Tielemans would be an excellent signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer transfer window. The Leicester City man shone when the two clubs met in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash, scoring his side’s second goal of the game on the way to an impressive 3-1 victory over the Red Devils.
Tielemans has established himself as a vital cog in the machine for Brendan Rodgers, playing the entire 90 minutes in all but three of Leicester’s Premier League matches since the beginning of the season.
The 23-year-old was heavily linked with United in the summer of 2019 after a successful one-year loan spell with the Foxes, but ultimately returned to the King Power Stadium on a permanent basis with Monaco accepting a fee in the region of £40million for his services.
Chadwick, who made 38 appearances for United after progressing through the academy system at Old Trafford, has urged the club to finally make an approach for Tielemans as he could be the perfect candidate to partner Bruno Fernandes in the middle of the park.
He told Caught Offside that he sees many similarities between the Belgium international and United star Paul Pogba, but stressed that Leicester will be in no mood to let go of their man, backing United to face a tricky challenge in convincing them to sell.
“I think he plays that sort of role where he’s got a bit of everything,” said Chadwick.
“He’s played a deeper role when James Maddison plays, and it would be great to have someone like him to feed the ball into Bruno Fernandes. But he does the other stuff as well, he puts a shift in.
“When he came on loan to Leicester initially he was a revelation, one of the best midfielders in the Premier League in that period.
“I think when he signed permanently he had a dip in form, but he looks back to his best, and he’s had a massive role in Leicester’s form in the Premier League.
“Quite often we see players play well against United and we think: ‘could we get him and could he do well in our team?’. And I think he’s got all the attributes to be a Manchester United player.
“But he’s playing for Leicester, another top club. Would they be able to prise him away?
“Looking at United’s options in that area of the pitch, he’s very similar to Pogba. He’s an exciting player that might be worth looking into bringing in, but as with other top players it could be a challenge to get them through the door at United.”
Chadwick suggested that Tielemans would provide Solskjaer with an upgrade on Donny van de Beek, who has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the United side since joining from Ajax in pre-season.
The Dutchman failed to make a strong case for his selection with a muted performance against Leicester on Sunday, with Tielemans better in every department before the Red Devils man was hauled off in place of Edinson Cavani shortly after the hour mark.
“I do worry for Van de Beek if Ole can’t find him a position somewhere else in the team,” added Chadwick.
“I don’t think Fernandes is the sort of player who is going to get a lot of rest, he wants to be one of the best in the world and play every game and probably could play every game with the fitness levels that he’s shown.
“I do have real concerns over where Van de Beek fits into the team. He’s been here for one full season, you sort of want him to do well after seeing what he can do at Ajax, but you do feel maybe his time at the club could be coming to an end.
“You could probably count the starts he’s made in the Premier League on one hand, which for a big-name signing is nowhere near enough for the club, or for him either.”