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'Manchester United should have signed Seamus Coleman'

Tony Cascarino believes the Red Devils lured the wrong player away from Goodison Park during the 2013 summer transfer window.

Seamus Coleman has impressed for Everton and Ireland recently.
Seamus Coleman has impressed for Everton and Ireland recently.

TONY CASCARINO HAS suggested that Manchester United made a mistake in signing Maroune Fellaini from Everton over Seamus Coleman in 2013.

With David Moyes having swapped the managerial hot-seat at Goodison Park for that at Old Trafford, the Scot was always expected to return to his former employers for top talent.

It came as a surprise to few that he favoured Fellaini, although the size of the fee required to lure the Belgium international away from Merseyside raised a few eyebrows.

That price tag has continued to weigh heavy on the burly midfielder, with the United faithful never truly won over by his attributes.

Fellaini is not considered to be a player in the United mould, with his game more about physicality and brute force than finesse and a footballing brain.

Coleman, in contrast, would have filled a problem position at right-back for the Red Devils, with Jose Mourinho reportededly still in the market for a more suitable option in that defensive berth.

Cascarino believes United missed a trick in overlooking Coleman, with it not difficult to argue that their sizeable outlay on Fellaini would have been put to better use in landing the Republic of Ireland international.

“When David Moyes got the job at Man United I thought the first player he should have signed was Seamus Coleman,” he told talkSPORT.

There was talk of Leighton Baines and [Moyes] ended up taking [Marouane] Fellaini, but Coleman was the one I really felt they should have gone for.

“Seamus is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League in my opinion.

Week in, week out Seamus does a fantastic job and I’m sure Everton fans will be proud of how well he plays for them and his country because his last three or four performances for Ireland have been exceptional.”

Coleman has continued to be linked with United on a regular basis over the years, but the penning of fresh terms at Everton in June 2014 means he is tied to his current employers until the summer of 2019 – with the Toffees under no pressure to entertain offers.

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