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Opinion: Why Ndidi Should Remain At Leicester City And Say No To Manchester United

Manchester United is reportedly eyeing a summer move for Super Eagles and Leicester City midfield catalysts, Wilfred Ndidi as part of its continuous reinforcement.

Ndidi was rated as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world last season after he set the tone for the Foxes FA Cup win at the expense of Chelsea and Manchester United. Regarded as the most consistent defensive midfielder in Europe, Ndidi prioritize regaining possession and setting the attack in motion.

While on duty for his club, he is a world-beater in this department due to his intelligence and robustness in tackling and covering. The former Genk midfielder is loved for being strategically sound with his break-up play, touching the ball at least 100 times per game.

For the national team, Ndidi is Nigeria's on-pitch processor, the man who pulls the strings and ensures that the likes of Alex Iwobi and Joe Aribo enjoy the freedom on the ball. He may not wear the captain armband, but there can be little doubt who the leader is when Super Eagles midfield failed to deliver in Nigeria's 1-0 loss to the Central African Republic in the World Cup qualifiers.

But his future should be of great concern to Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr following reports that Old Trafford bigwigs are eager to price him away next summer.

Why Ndidi Should Say No To Man United

Ndidi's consistency which comes easily as a result of his burgeoning talents has created lots of hype around him season after season, but a move to Old Trafford might turn out to be one of his career mistakes given the air of uncertainty blowing around Old Trafford. The reason for this is not far-fetched; the coast is not clear at Old Trafford following series of poor results churned out by the club.

Besides, playing under an inexperienced manager like Solksjaer might be detrimental to his meteoric rise. Yes, he has what it takes to walk into the United side and command regular starting shirts, but Ole style of coaching is not modern and it is centered on the British style of training and management. 

The Norwegian lacks the technical savvy to help Ndidi realize his full potential. It has been argued that no matter his good a player is, it will be difficult for such talent to realize his full potential under Solksjaer.

More importantly, there remains clarity about United's playing style and approach under Ole. Amidst the euphoria surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford, recent results have shown that the club lack control in the midfield, and as long as Fred and McTominay continue to play alongside any other player in the midfield, the club won't function as a unit. This is because the duo offers neither defensive security nor defensive impetus, and Ole seems not to realize that fact.

Perhaps, if a new manager takes over the reign at Manchester United, Ndidi can make the move, but now is certainly not the best time to pack his kitbags and leave Leicester City.

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