Wilkins sees a place for Chelsea’s Lampard at Man Utd

Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has said that if Frank Lampard is no longer wanted at Stamford Bridge, he would be a perfect fit at Old Trafford, the BBC has reported.

Lampard is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season when his current contract expires and United are among the names that have been linked with a move for the England international. The 34-year-old has said he feels he can continue to play at a high level for a few more years despite Chelsea’s decision to end his stay at the club which, by the end of the season, will stretch to a 12-year tenure.

Wilkins believes that Sir Alex Ferguson’s track record of getting the most out of older players would benefit Lampard, while Lampard still has something to offer to the Premier League leaders.

He said: “He’ll want to continue to win and play at a high level, and there’s no higher level than Old Trafford. You have the master of utilising the older player in Sir Alex Ferguson so I think it would be a tremendous move for Frank and a good one for Manchester United as well.

Wilkins added that the way in which Ferguson has used Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, both older than Lampard, is evidence that Ferguson understands the value of an experienced midfielder, and that Lampard, the Chelsea vice-captain, would be able to convince any sceptical United fans of his worth with his performances.

A former Chelsea assistant manager, Wilkins began his career at Chelsea in the mid-1970s, moving to United from the Blues in 1979. A midfielder with 84 England caps, Wilkins also played for Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Queens Park Rangers, managing the Loftus Road club before serving as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti.

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