Following their history-making Champions League win at Real Madrid, one Sheriff Tiraspol star has admitted that it is his ‘dream’ to play for Manchester United.
Defensive midfielder Edmund Addo sent a ‘come and get me’ plea to the Red Devils after a memorable night for his side at the Bernabeu. Goals from Jasurbek Yakhshiboev and Sebastien Thill’s stunner cancelled out a Karim Benzema penalty to give the Moldovan title winners all three points.
The stunning victory was arguably the biggest shock in Champions League history, especially as Carlo Ancelotti named a full-strength Real XI.
Addo previously helped Tiraspol beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in their opening game, leaving the minnows three points clear at the top of Group D.
And the midfielder told Ghanaian radio station Joy FM, as quoted by The Sun: “Ideally, my dream is to play for Manchester United.
“Which player doesn’t want to be in one of the strongest football clubs in Europe? I am no exception.”
Addo spent three seasons with Slovakian top-flight club Senica before joining Tiraspol in July of this year.
The defensive midfielder’s recent form has seen him on the brink of a Ghana call-up. However, he is just focusing on his efforts for Sheriff and their bid to reach the Champions League knockout stage.
Addo added: “Since childhood I have been rooting for the Red Devils. But today you have to work hard.
“I strive to get a chance to prove myself in the Champions League. Now this is the most important thing.”
Ole still has problem to solve
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must overcome a major flaw in his Manchester United armoury before the detail casts a major shadow over their efforts to end their trophy wait.
United ended a run of three defeats in their last four games to overcome Villarreal 2-1 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute winner at the Stretford End. That win came at a crucial time, given they were trailing the Spanish side, having already lost to Young Boys in their first match.
That winning goal was supplied by Jesse Lingard. And after the game, Solskjaer admitted the England man is pushing hard for a bigger role after stepping off the bench.
However, should Lingard earn a start, it could mean one of United’s numerous attacking options missing out. Indeed, the likes of Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Marcus Rashford are other options to United.
Which one misses out remains a conundrum. Either way, pundit Owen Hargreaves claims Solskjaer must quickly work out his favoured XI. And failure to do so could have serious consequence on their quest to lift a first trophy since May 2017.
Man Utd new boys have to start
In addition, Hargreaves also thinks there has to be a place for summer signings Ronaldo, Sancho and Raphael Varane.
“I don’t think Ole does [know his best XI] that will take time, ” he told BT Sport. “If you look at Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, all teams pick themselves further they’re along in their evolutions.
“I think United added some players to their squad in Jadon, Varane and Cristiano so it’s going to take time to integrate those players with [Paul] Pogba, Bruno Fernandes.
“The attack – the potential is off the charts. Ole spoke about getting the balance right. And that is why Pogba has been on the right, tonight. He plays in the centre so the potential’s there for this side but it’ll be a work in progress this season.”