Manchester United Transfers: Scouting Report for United Target Victor Wanyama

Max TowleAnalyst INovember 9, 2012

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 29:  Victor Wanyama of Celtic celebrates after scoring the 2nd goal during the UEFA Champions League Play Off Round between Celtic and Helsingborgs IF at Celtic Park on August 29, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Celtic's backs-against-the-wall, Alamo-esque victory over Barcelona this past Wednesday has been dominating the headlines both in Britain and abroad.

The Scottish side's heroes Tony Watt, Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama will now be granted legendary status at Parkhead.

But if a report from the Daily Mail is to be believed, Manchester United may try to prise the latter away from Scotland as soon as they possibly can.

Per the report:

"His performance was noted by United with chief European scout Martin Ferguson in attendance at Celtic Park to watch the 21-year-old impress once again."

"Premier League clubs are likely to offer around £12m in January with United weighing up their move. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants another midfielder and Wanyama's age (21) will also appeal."

Born into a footballing family, Wanyama's father played for Kenya whilst his older brother is McDonald Mariga who can currently be found on the books of Inter Milan.

The Kenyan star moved to Celtic from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot for only £900,000 last year, but the Scottish side may now look to capitalise on the dramatic swelling of his worth.

Wanyama has already rejected a contract extension from the club, apparently well aware of the growing interest from other clubs.

Though the Daily Mail's report quotes United's price as being £12 million, it is thought an offer of close to £20 million will be needed to acquire his services.

Known primarily as a defensive midfielder, Wanyama is capable of bringing the ball upfield in more of a box-to-box role.

At 6'2", his height and dominance in the air allows him to also play in defence, a valuable versatility that Sir Alex Ferguson would well appreciate. But he's also very quick for a player of his size and position.

A tough tackler, his aggression would surely serve him well in the rigours of the Premier League. But he would, initially at least, be a bit of a walking yellow card magnet for some occasional over-exuberance.

Despite his talents at the back, Wanyama also has an uncanny knack of finding the back of the net—this season he's already scored six goals in 18 appearances.

His speciality is from set-pieces, but he's also capable of striking the odd long range howitzer as well.

As he has shown in flashes in Champions League competition, he's also got quick feet and is able to beat the less agile defenders in one-on-one situations.

The 21-year-old has stamina and energy in abundance, and has no problem lasting the full 90 minutes even in the most hectic of games.

Though many have pointed to his strength as being his primary attribute, Wanyama's good ball control and ability to pass and move would serve him well at a club with the playing style of United.

The biggest downside to a potential transfer would be the fact that the player would be cup-tied in the Champions League.

The Red Devils' need for a midfield enforcer has been well-documented, and many believe that the club's current defensive woes stem from a lack of a player like Wanyama in the squad.

The Kenyan's arrival may limit the involvement of Michael Carrick, but considering many United fans' lack of faith in the English holding midfielder, this may not spark a great deal of complaint around Old Trafford.

With other British teams circling, it is feared that a bidding war could very well drive up his price beyond a limit United are willing to pay.

But for the long term, he is an option that Sir Alex definitely has his eye on.


What do you think of Victor Wanyama? Would he be a good fit at Old Trafford?

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