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.