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Could The Sessegnons Emulate The Nevilles’ Sibling Success At Manchester United?

Every day seems to bring a new link between Manchester United and a high profile player with Jose Mourinho’s side looking set for a summer of overhaul.

Players like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Toby Alderweireld have been mentioned as possible acquisitions to Old Trafford side in what could be a hectic summer transfer window for the Red Devils. There is one player however, that could suit the club down to the ground for several reasons and comes in the form of Fulhams Ryan Sessegnon.

Still only 17, Sessegnon already amassed 63 league appearances scoring an outstanding 19 goals. What makes this tally even more remarkable is the fact that the youngster has played a large proportion of games at left back before solidifying his place on the left wing at Craven Cottage.

He certainly epitomises the term ‘wonderkid’ and is living up to his well deserved hype having earned selection in the 2017 Championship team of the year. A European Championship winner at under-19 level with England, Sessegnon has already been¬†linked with PSG, Spurs and Chelsea. However, a move to Old Trafford could be the best outcome for all parties.

The uncertainty over Luke Shaw’s future as well as the fact United have no recognised left footed winger (with the exception of Juan Mata who is used more centrally or on the right) could deem Sessegnon an ideal candidate to done the red jersey in the near future.

The flair, pace and skill is exactly what the club has traditionally possessed but lacked over the past several years and Sessegnon could be the signing to remind United fans of what their club has missed. The teenager has also drawn comparisons with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale who too was a left back in his teens only to be converted to a winger.

The Welshman would certainly fit in nicely to Mourinho’s side but Sessegnon is nearly ten years younger and already a first team regular. He could also demand a lower fee from Fulham, who have an excellent chance of making a Premier League return given their current form.

The London side will be reluctant to lose the England under-21 international and if United work shrewdly, could also snap up one of their other coveted assets, Ryan’s twin Steven. Like Ryan, Steven Sessegnon has enjoyed international success at underage level, winning the under-17 World Cup with England, starring during the finals.¬†

The right footed twin, Steven is primarily a right back and like Ryan can play on the wing.

Steven has yet to win a league appearance for Fulham but has featured in the league cup. Although a bit behind the standard of Ryan, Steven still possesses plenty of ability and has been talked up birth at Craven Cottage and within the realms of the England set up.

Still only teenagers, a move for both Sessegnon brothers could potentially help them settle in, wherever the end up playing. Only due to turn 18 next month, should United move for he pair it could rekindle memories of the Neville and Da Silva brothers.

Both sets of brothers were fullbacks with United with Gary and Rafael playing primarily on the right with Phil and Fabio often deployed on the left. The Sessegnons could indeed follow in the footsteps of those players and like the Da Silva’s could be another set of twins to ply their trade at Old Trafford.

Although the successes of the Nevilles and Da Silvas is not necessarily comparable, the Sessegnon’s could be mainstays in the Manchester United squad if Jose Mourihno is willing to take a punt on them. Ryan could certainly do a job already while Steven could also make his mark if his promising development continues.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.