Manchester United might be a suitable destination for Ethan Ampadu in the future. The teenager joined Chelsea in September last year and appears to be a talent for the future, although he is yet to make a Maurizio Sarri squad.
Ampadu almost joined the Red Devils in 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge at Old Trafford, according to the Manchester Evening News. Ampadu, 12 at the time, caught the eye of the legendary Manchester United manager when he played for Exeter U13s in a tournament at United.
Ferguson was so impressed by the talent of Ampadu that he informed David Gill, who was then the chief of Red Devils, to finalise a deal with him. The deal, however failed to realise when both Ferguson and Gill left the club that year. With his position on the field still unsure, Ampadu’s ability to play either as a defender or defensive midfielder could be the reason why Ferguson called him a ‘proper United player’ back then.
He might only be 18 years of age at the moment but Ampadu could have a massive future at Manchester United. Ampadu will most likely feature in some of Chelsea’s less-important matches this season but will have enough time to gain proper experience before his contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in 2020. For United it would then be a perfect time to offer him a deal and make him a possible first team player.
Ampadu will then have had more than two and half seasons of top-flight club football under his belt and will add a different dynamic to the United setup. With the current defensive system not working for the club, manager José Mourinho could find someone like Ampadu useful to improve their structures.
Whether Mourinho is still the United manager at that time remains to be seen, but whoever is in charge of the club then should invest a lot of time and money in making Ampadu a superstar. That’s what Ferguson would’ve done.