Sir Alex Ferguson’s ability to get the best out of ageing stars means Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard would soon win over Manchester United fans if he moved from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford.
That is the view of Ray Wilkins, a former great for both the Blues and the Red Devils, who discussed the prospect of Lampard linking up with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in an interview with BBC Radio Manchester.
Lampard is available on a free at the end of the season and a switch to Old Trafford has been widely touted in the past few days, with Ferguson said to be seriously considering a move for the 34-year-old.
According to Wilkins, Lampard still has several years left at the top of the game and, guided by Ferguson, would soon win over any doubters at United if given the opportunity.
“You have the master of utilising the older player in Sir Alex Ferguson, so I think it would be a tremendous move for Frank and a good one for Manchester United as well,” Wilkins told the news provider.
“You only have to see the performances Giggs and Scholes have put in over the last few years – and they are four years older than Frank!”
United are favourites to sign Lampard at 7/4 (2.75), meaning a free £20 bet would return £55 if the England midfielder followed in Wilkins’ footsteps and moved from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford.
However, there is likely to be plenty of competition for his signature given many people do not share Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s view that Lampard’s best days are behind him.
One of Lampard’s supporters is Juventus schemer Andrea Pirlo, who also believes the Chelsea man can still perform at the top level for a few more years and says he would welcome the former Hammer if he moved to Turin.
“From what I see, Lampard is still one of the best central midfield players in the world,” the Italian veteran commented.
“If he wanted to try at playing in Italy, I would welcome him at Juventus for sure. In Italy, Frank would comfortably have another four years at the top level.”
A Lampard switch to Juventus is rated as a 40/1 (41.0) shot by bwin, with LA Galaxy (6/1 or 7.0), QPR (7/1 or 8.0) and New York Red Bulls (10/1 or 11.0) also in the hunt.