According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United might be “tempted” to revive their interest in Danny Rose after the Tottenham star’s admission that he could be leaving the north London side this summer.
The report centres around the 28-year-old’s comments after England’s penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the Nations League, when he admitted he would just have to wait and see what happens over the next few weeks.
United’s interest in Rose has been long-standing, with a report by The Independent back in the summer of 2017 claiming that the England international was interested in making a move back up ‘north’.
A move for the defender even two years later still makes sense, particularly with Luke Shaw the only out-and-out left-back at the club and the future of versatile full-back Matteo Darmian uncertain.
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The jury has been out on how good a player Rose actually is, but bear in mind this is a defender who was the first-choice left-back of a Tottenham team that reached the Champions League final.
Whilst Shaw came good particularly in the second-half of the season, former boss Jose Mourinho’s public comments and constant jibes about his fitness and character are something for United to really consider in the long-term; can he be a consistent performer for the side? Are his injury problems well and truly behind him? Does he have the required attitude to make it to the top?
Rose on the other hand has proven year in and year out at Spurs that he can be regarded as one of the finest full-backs on his day, and often turns up for the big games on the big occasion.
When the north London side’s Champions League future was on the line at the Camp Nou, Rose enjoyed one of his finest games in a Tottenham shirt and but for some profligate finishing from his teammates, could have ended up with a couple of assists.
At 28, Rose is at the perfect age and the proverbial peak years of his career, and moving back to more comfortable surroundings up in Manchester might just see him step his game up another level; some of the world’s best players have struggled in environments away from home, and yet Rose has shown the professionalism and temperament to put that to one side and deliver impressive performances in London.
So whilst Shaw might have won United’s Players’ Player of the Year award, signing Rose as a back-up to the Englishman would present Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a huge selection dilemma, and it’s hard to envisage a world where Rose doesn’t win that battle.