"I never said get rid of Herrera" - Kenny Cunningham clarifies his Oxlade Chamberlain point
Former Ireland defender joined us on the Football Show16:40 Friday 11 August 2017, 16:40 11 Aug 2017
Kenny Cunningham's thoughts on Alex Oxlade Chamberlain got plenty of attention from Tuesday night's TV coverage of the UEFA Super Cup.
Essentially, the interpretation of his words was that Manchester United should buy Arsenal's wide man to replace Ander Herrera in midfield.
The former Ireland defender expanded on his point on Off The Ball as he chatted to Kev and Ger.
But he also clarified a couple of things.
"I never said they should get rid of Herrera," he said.
"But I did make an argument for potentially supplementing the squad with the acquistion of Oxlade-Chamberlain. Definitely, yeah."
On the "break the bank" for Chamberlain line, he said, "You wouldn't have to break the bank that much. He has a year left on his contract. I think he's certainly worth a nibble, not just them, even Chelsea should be looking to bring him in.
"I just think he's such a versatile player, no matter what formation you're playing him in; 4-2-3-1, 3-4-3, whatever it is. He can play in an advanced central midfield position, he can play as a wing back, he can play wide in a midfield four. He's almost like a natural winger, attacking the full backs on the outside; good delivery in the box, he's a good athlete, very dynamic player and he has a year left on his contract lads. I'm really surprised the likes of Chelsea in particular, and even Manchester United, just the way they're setting up - I think Mourinho will go with his preferred 4-3-3 formation at the start of the season, which I think is about right - and when I look at those three in central midfield, Matic will sit, Pogba absolutely, and I look at the third one alongside him in that advanced midfield position which is Herrera who I do like and looks a good character and great professional, but in terms of really top quality in that area of the pitch, I think Manchester United can do a little bit better."
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