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Should Manchester United Actually Sign This Former Man City Player?

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Omar Elabdellaoui

Omar Elabdellaoui

In recent weeks we have seen how Louis van Gaal has taken a chance with the youngsters of the club. Not only Varela but the likes of Marcus Rashford and Donald Love have proved that playing with academy products is not the worst thing in the world and United do have a future with their youth prospects and vice versa.

Another player who has caught the eye of Manchester United is Norway’s Omar Elabdellaoui. The 24-year-old isn’t a youngster by any means but getting scouts to watch you for a few games does show that he does have the ability to play well, hopefully he can translate the interest into a trial or even better, a deal with a top tier club.

From City to United?

The 24-year-old actually was part of the Manchester City academy and even played a few games for the junior sides before leaving the club without making a senior appearance. Omar though has played for a host of clubs in his career which include Feyenoord, Eintracht Braunschweig before joining Olympiakos where he has been at his best.

The Norwegian plays mostly as a right-back, a position that Manchester United have needed to take care off for a long time. They did sell off Rafael recently but need to bring in someone who can do the job in defence as well as in attack.

Omar can play as a right winger as well, something that will give hope to Manchester United or any other club that might want to sign him. He does seem to be in more of the John Arne Riise mould who can play in attack and defence.

The big question is whether Manchester United would be willing to spend around £7 million for a player who hasn’t yet taken part in an elite league as of yet. He could be a diamond in the rough though and has done pretty well in the Greek League and in the Champions League as well this season.

Omar though would probably not slot directly into the first team since he doesn’t have the experience of playing at the highest level but he could well be a great squad player for United who could grow and become big as he learns at the club.

There is a reason why Manchester United are tracking the defender but he could end up for another Premier League side as we have seen in the past with many other players.