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Following the 33-year-old’s departure from Stamford Bridge, Cahill is in need of a new club. Reports in recent weeks have suggested that United are keen to complete a big-money deal for Leicester star Harry Maguire, but have so far failed to match the valuation set by the Foxes.
Having seen the Red Devils be thwarted in their attempts to sign Maguire so far, Connolly insisted that there were other alternatives out there and suggested Cahill could fit the billing at Old Trafford.
He said: “Now, what harm would it be to take a Gary Cahill, with all his experience and winners’ medals, into the building? It’s that experience, you might have lost a lot, well get someone in that would give that!
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“Look, he’s not going to bring the ball out from the back like if they had a Harry Maguire. But he’s a top, top centre-half who looks as fit as a flea. Under Sir Alex [Ferguson], he would always make an ageing, loanee signing, a Henrik Larsson or they had [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic [under Jose Mourinho] for example.
“Someone like that at the back would do terrifically for them.”
If Chelsea thought Cahill was past his best, then what exactly makes him fit for a team essentially competing for the same things? The centre-back undoubtedly has plenty of experience at the highest level but he was so poorly thought of under Maurizio Sarri last season, that he hardly made the matchday squads on most occasions.
To get back into the Champions League, United simply have to be targeting the absolute best in the business. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were intent on playing a high line and bringing a slow and plodding Cahill into the team is hardly going to help that.
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At 33, Cahill’s career is on the downturn and the Red Devils would be far better off placing their faith in their own youth rather than trying to fix their defensive problems with a very weak-looking plaster like the former Chelsea man.
To compare potentially signing Cahill with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who had his most prolific season in his entire career with 50 goals in 51 games before joining United – is frankly embarrassing. United would be simply insane to even think about going after the centre-back.