Manchester United fans have resoundingly rejected the prospect of Yaya Toure moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer.
The Ivorian becomes a free agent next month after eight years at Manchester City and has previously voiced his desire to remain in the Premier League.
He refused to rule out joining Man United in a recent interview, emphasising that he wants to play for a big club and, interestingly, with Paul Pogba, who he deeply admires as a player.
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) May 23, 2018
A strange prospect indeed. So I asked United supporters on Twitter whether they thought this would be a good idea. The response was clear and comprehensive.
Just what United need: a mid 30s, ambling presence in midfield deemed too past-it for the highest level.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) May 23, 2018
So that’s a ‘yes’ from Alex. I’d go with ‘no’ and look to a more long-term option but this is Mourinho after all.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) May 23, 2018
— MUFC (@tomcgill) May 23, 2018
No way. Some people will do anything for money. Don’t need him
— Naveen Prasad (@shora7) May 23, 2018
Absolutely no chance
— Gregg (@simfizz) May 23, 2018
No because he’s absolutely shite. https://t.co/kiBMVkYwen
— Danny (@Dan_B94) May 23, 2018
As ESPN‘s Alex Shaw rightly points out, bringing in an ambling midfielder in his mid-thirties would only compound rather than ameliorate the sluggishness which has so often hallmarked United’s tempo through the middle this season.
At the same time, sadly, it would be an extremely typical Mourinho and United transfer: a high profile name, somebody with a very good record and dressing room presence, but ultimately not the profile the club ought to be looking at when it comes to righting the wrongs of the 2017/18 campaign.