Manchester United have been given a ray of hope if they decide to reignite their interest in an England international after he dropped a major hint on his future.
Manchester United pulled off a trifecta of deals that looked mightily impressive on paper last summer. Raphael Varane was acquired to provide Harry Maguire with a world class partner at centre-back. The club’s year-long pursuit of Jadon Sancho finally paid off, while global icon Cristiano Ronaldo was snatched out from Manchester City’s grasp.
However, had United had their way, they may have also signed England right-back, Kieran Trippier. United were persistently linked with the Atletico Madrid full-back throughout much of the summer window.
Despite being 31, Trippier remains at the top of his game. He has flourished under the guiding hand of Diego Simeone in Spain.
The defensive-minded Aaron Wan-Bissaka currently occupies the right-back slot at Old Trafford. Signing Trippier would give Solskjaer a more attacking option from the position to help carve open stubborn defences content to drop deep and soak up pressure.
Ultimately, a deal could not be made, though talk has persisted a deal could be revisited in a future window. Indeed, an early-October report claimed a January move is not out of the question – despite potentially having to pay over the odds.
Now, speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Trippier has dropped a hint United will love to hear. After outlining his desire to one day become a manager, Trippier admitted he still harbours ambitions to play in England once more.
“I would love to play in the Premier League again,” admitted the former Tottenham ace.
Trippier addressed a number of topics in his interview, including what it’s like to line up alongside Luis Suarez.
The former Liverpool favourite helped fire Atletico to La Liga glory last season, and Trippier admitted the Uruguayan is the “worst player you’ll ever come up against.”
“When you play against him he is the worst player you’ll ever come up against,” said Trippier. “But he’s definitely someone you want on your side.
“It’s just his presence. You know when you see someone like that walk through the door it gives the players a lift. They see a winner.
“He’s a big joker as well. It’s just the whole package, he’s a great player and a wonderful person.”
Neville picks apart Fernandes, Ronaldo problem
Meanwhile, Gary Neville has warned Manchester United that they should not accept a lack of effort from attacking stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.
Neville said on Monday Night Football: “I don’t think this is a Paul Pogba problem. The reason I say that is that on Saturday I watched Ronaldo and Fernandes up front, nothing.
“I saw them flailing their arms a few times at a couple of their team-mates which I didn’t like. That needs to stop!
“I saw wide players with no intensity in their pressing. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t go back to [Scott] McTominay and Fred and he can’t go back to [Nemanja] Matic and Fred because the reality is we know what that delivers. It won’t deliver Manchester United success and Solskjaer has brought all these talented players in.
“Pep Guardiola plays with David Silva, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Leroy] Sane, [Sergio] Aguero and [Raheem] Sterling which is five attacking players.
“What Solskjaer needs to somehow try and prove is that he as a top manager and his development as a coach this season can get top players to work as hard as the other top players in the league.”