The latest transfer news, and the fact that the Red Devils hold a seven-point lead atop the Barclays Premier League standings, suggests doing so is an extremely realistic possibility.
Neil Custis of The Sun reported that when Lampard’s contract expires this summer, the Blues won’t offer him an extension. And the favorites to acquire the 34-year-old English midfielder?
Fans may be hesitant to applause Sir Alex Ferguson pursuit of a footballer that age. But the Red Devils would benefit more from the addition of Lampard than simply getting under Chelsea’s skin. He has a few years of effective play left in him, and a few years in Old Trafford could result in a few titles.
According to Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, former Chelsea and Manchester United player Ray Wilkins urged Ferguson to sign Lampard reasoning:
He'll cost nothing, he's about four years younger than Giggs and Scholes and he scores goals from midfield. He's scored more goals this year than Carrick, Cleverley and Scholes combined. He's comfortably got two or three more seasons in him. He won't play 90 minutes every week but if he starts 20 games for United he'll score them seven goals.
Despite just playing in 12 of the Blues’ 21 games this season, he’s second on the club with six goals, and who knows? At his pace, he could end up catching and passing Fernando Torres and Juan Mata for the team lead.
Man United already leads the English Premier League with 54 goals, 11 more than any other club. But just because it needs defense more than offense shouldn’t stop it from signing a player who’d make its offense even more potent.
Like Wilkins noted, Lampard wouldn’t cost much, so there’s no reason to not pull the trigger.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.