Simply a £20m luxury that Fergie could do without…isn’t it?

Football FanCast guest columnist Jeff Manning wonders if Maicon would be a £20m luxury that United could do without.

I know when it comes to transfer news and rumours the Manchester Evening News is hardly the No1 source for reliability, but seeing Maicon being linked with Old Trafford is certainly nothing new and only last week the player's agent suggested that we may have been making firmer enquiries than we perhaps had before about his services. Of course this could all be just agent talk, I mean it wouldn't have been the first time our name has been linked with moves, so agents can get what they want elsewhere.

Maicon is an excellent footballer and a part of me feels he could be an excellent addition to the United ranks, while another wonders if he is in fact, at £20m, a luxury we can do without. There seems to be this real belief in the media that we are struggling in the right back position at the football club; a view that I struggle to understand, especially when you have Neville, Brown, O'Shea and the extremely promising Rafael Da Silva who can all play there. I also feel, especially in the latter's case that the arrival of someone like Maicon could prove detrimental for his development and continuing the great strides he has already made in the first team.

So am I alone in this view about Maicon, or should we really be moving quickly to try and snap up the Brazilian should Jose Mourinho be prepared to let him leave the San Siro?

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