Why Manchester United Should Try To Sign ‘Captain’ Sergio Ramos

Spain's David de Gea and Sergio Ramos after the match.

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Sergio Ramos is Real Madrid’s most influential player and the Spanish giants are a completely different side in his absence.

The Champions League’s most successful club were in danger of getting demoted to the Europa League in December, only for Ramos, who was out of the team with an injury he suffered with Spain, to return and guide his side to a comfortable win.

His impact on the La Liga outfit was further highlighted by Real Madrid’s win over league leaders Atletico Madrid in the very next match. Zinedine Zidane’s side kept cleansheets in both of these crucial matches.

It’s tough to imagine this current Real Madrid team without their captain. However, such a scenario isn’t far from potentially becoming a reality.

Sergio Ramos is yet to renew his contract, and if things remain unaltered, he will depart the Santiago Bernabeu come summer.

It is believed that both the club and the player want to extend Ramos’ stay in the Spanish capital, but terms for a new deal desired by both parties are different at the moment. The situation at Real Madrid usually seems to be tricky when there’s time to negotiate a new contract with a player over the age of 30.

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring their third goal from the penalty spot.

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There are also rumours of Real Madrid leading the race to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who himself will become a free agent at the end of the season.

The Austria international’s potential arrival could further hint that Los Blancos are planning their future without their captain.

This, in turn, will give other clubs an opportunity to secure the services of Ramos, and one such club which can do with a player of his quality is Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is one of the youngest teams in the Premier League, and it’s commonly believed that their inconsistent results are due to lack of experience rather than talent in the squad.

Bruno Fernandes, the former Sporting Lisbon captain, has been hailed as the club’s best signing in years for not just scoring and assisting goals but also for the character he has brought to the team, and if fans are impressed by the leadership skills of Fernandes, they are in for a whole different level if they see Sergio Ramos in a Red shirt.

Sergio Ramos and team mates celebrate winning the FIFA Club World Cup Final with the trophy.

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The Spaniard will also be a huge defensive upgrade to their current option. The Red Devils have time and time again struggled to both defend and attack during set pieces, and there aren’t many players more reliable and dangerous in both boxes respectively than the 34-year-old.

In a tight Premier League title race like the one we are seeing this campaign, a player with as glorious a record as the one Sergio Ramos commands- who has been in these situations numerous times and has come atop more often than not – could more or less assure the 21st league title for the record champions.

However, it’s impossible to bring him to Old Trafford this month, but if United go another season trophyless, they should be first in the line for Ramos’ signature, assuming the curtains are officially down on his 16-year spell at Real Madrid by then.