Jude Bellingham played for England again in the World Cup knockout match against Senegal, despite rumors linking him to Manchester United and other clubs.
With all eyes on him, Jude Bellingham is having a wonderful World Cup with England.
With every top European club interested in landing him, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder will undoubtedly be at the center of the 2023 transfer saga. But, do Manchester United have a chance to sign the midfielder?
Jude Bellingham played a key role in England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal.
Given the level of competition in the Europa League and the top four this season, one would expect qualification for the Champions League to be the bare minimum for admission. Erik ten Hag will have a difficult task ahead of him. However, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Liverpool all showing interest, it appears that United is fighting a losing battle.
Roy Keane, who was watching England vs. Senegal on ITV’s half-time show, waxed lyrical about the midfielder. “That kid is going to be a superstar,” he remarked, emphasizing the word “mature.” Fantastic performance; he looks like he’s played for England 100 times.
“I haven’t seen a young midfielder play like that in years; usually, they’re 26 or 27.” We talk about what’s going on in his head, he’s like a man – that maturity – what’s going on upstairs is crucial for a midfielder, decision-making, last pass, and the kid has it all.”
Some have questioned if Bellingham is the type of player United should be seeking for, particularly after the summer’s chase of Frenkie de Jong.
The two responses to that statement are as follows: one, Bellingham is the type of midfielder you adjust your midfield to accommodate rather than worrying about whether he will fit in your midfield; and two, for England’s second goal against Senegal, he demonstrated the qualities that United are looking for in their next midfielder.
Despite the fact that it was a counter-attack, Bellingham picked up the ball from his center-backs and ran with it. When he was challenged, he sprinted through his opponents and then sent a brilliantly weighted pass forward to find Phil Foden, who passed it to Harry Kane for a 2-0 lead.
United needed De Jong to handle the ebb and flow of the midfield in possession, and given Bellingham’s age, you’d think he’d grow even further.
Given the circumstances, it looks unlikely that United will sign Bellingham, and De Jong is likely to stay at Barcelona, so they will need to find a replacement. But they’d better hope the Dortmund midfielder stays out of the Premier League for the foreseeable future, because he’ll be a headache for years to come.