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Sol Campbell At United? Well, It Won't Hurt...

The Mirror claims that United made enquiries about signing Sol Campbell. The former Spurs, Arsenal and Portsmouth man is available on a free after he walked out on Notts County after just one game. At 35 he is not exactly young but with United's current crippling injury crisis and doubts hanging over the long-term fitness of Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville, this might make sense.

Of course if all our defenders are fit, Campbell would not even make the bench: Rio, Vidic, Evans and Brown are all better than him now even though I concede that Campbell WAS a rock of a centre-back in his prime. His experience could be useful though and as admirably as Carrick and Fletcher performed in defence, they are not defenders and are needed elsewhere anyway.

It would be another 'Michael Owen signing' by Fergie although at least Campbell never played for Liverpool - but he took part in memorable battles against us. Most United fans, myself included, are not very fond of him: remember how he elbowed Solskjaer at Highbury, for instance. But on a free, as an emergency signing, he might be useful and the Mirror claims he would jump at the chance to sign for United which is no surprise, even though he's probably far from the required physical level. But that should not be an obstacle: if an agreement is reached soon, he can start training with us straightaway to be fully fit by the time he becomes eligible on January 1.

And it certainly wouldn't hurt to have a defender available... Then again, this rumour might be nothing more than a load of rubbish. We'll see soon enough.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 9 2009

Time: 11:25AM

Your Comments

Could you have imagined a few years ago us having sylvestre and you having Cambell?
iceman10
It would be a great idea just signing Campbell for the rest of the season, much more ntelligent than spending 15 million on Kjaer who for all we know may not be good enough for the premier league, when Sol is for free and already proven at this level.
khoder
I don't normally comment on other team's articles, but I couldn't ignore this one!! Surely not. Fergie is an advocate of young talent. Surely he wouldn't go one step further towards creating a Dad's Army by signing Campbell?! As you can tell, I'm an Everton fan and even with our ludicrous defensive injuries I wouldn't want Sol Campbell at Goodison. Surely a couple of games is not worth it?! Against most teams, you'll be so busy attacking, the defence won't actually have that much to do! Can't see this one happening.
Toffee Joe
Although Sol did a fantastic job for us at Fratton, in his last season with us there were signs of him slowing down (as you would obviously expect). There's no doubting his defensive skills and intelligence on the pitch, but his sharpness and speed are on the wane. Big wage but no fee, would prove very good cover for the plethora of players you have out at the moment perhaps.
Tantona
Fergie is simply trying to reassemble the England world cup squad of 2002. Seriously though, last time I watched him play was for pompey against liverpool and he put in one of the worst defensive performances I've ever seen. However, there is no harm in getting him to train with us, seeing where he is at in terms of fitness and ability - then making a decision in january.
tuscan3000
would act as experienced cover if nothing else.
The Fear
A move for him won't be that bad,huge amount of experience,plus knows the PL very well,and if we continue to have these injuries in defence,then why not and who knows playing at the highest level once more may give him the confidence that he once had.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Surely not another free transfer? If you sign Sol Campbell surely even the most optimistic red must start to question why proper investment isn't being made in the squad?
fifthcolumnblue
Oh come on it's not like Owen's been a complete failure plus it's only on the short term so it gets a thumbs up in my opinion. FCB it's only a short-term thing plus by January most of our defenders will be back.
One United 23
Footballers arent pokemon mate! The teams in blue might be quite happy to collect mercenaries for millions and then loan them out for free until their multi-million pound contracts expire but we prefer to only bring in the players we need. We aren't (allegedly) bringing in Sol Campbell because Fergie needs the cheapest defender he can find - we're bringing him in (allegedly) because when our 8 or so injured defenders are fit again we want someone we can say goodbye to without any "extended loans".
tuscan3000
He couldnt hack it at league two, so hows he going to reach man utd standard?
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