Back in 2012 Eden Hazard opted for Chelsea over Manchester United and fans of The Reds hid behind the couch as he was presented to the media. At the time he said:
‘I’ve always wanted to play in England, there was a struggle between Chelsea and United, but to me Chelsea have the best project,’
Hazard has gone on to confirm the worst fears of Manchester United fans everywhere by maturing into a player who does a good impression of a mini Ronaldo.
Manchester United tried and failed to get the lad – no shame there. But they appear to be letting another top winger slip through their fingers, if latest reports are to be believed. The Guardian reports:
Chelsea have entered into talks with Fiorentina over the purchase of Juan Cuadrado as the Premier League leaders prepare for the possible departure of Mohamed Salah or André Schürrle this month.
Unless Louis van Gaal has Gareth Bale or Memphis Depay lined up then we cannot, for the life of us, understand why he wouldn’t make a move for Cuadrado. To give you a quick run down, this guy is similar to Antonio Valencia in style but probably twice as good.
Manchester United desperately need some pace and quality on the right side. Valencia himself is a popular figure at the club and will always put in a shift. But he seems to have lost his ability to beat a man and his crossing is worse than ever. Cuadrado, with his pace and athleticism seems the obvious choice and like for like replacement for the Ecuadorian. The Colombian winger would be ideal for United right now.
With Willian, Hazard, Schurrle (at the moment) and Salah on the books Chelsea already have an embarrassment of riches to pick from on the flanks. But, apart from the dazzling Di Maria, Manchester United lack pace, guile and dynamism out wide.
It’s such a shame that Manchester United don’t seem interested because, while Cuadrado will never be quite a good as Hazard, he is perfect for The Premier League.
Let’s see some of his better moments.