Arsenal are reportedly not ready to extend Jack Wilshere’s contract, which is set to run out in the summer, and many Manchester United fans turned to social media, advising the club to sign the English midfielder on a Bosman transfer.
However, even though his arrival would require no transfer fee, the Red Devils would be smart to avoid signing Wilshere and here is why.
First and foremost, let’s not forget that Wilshere is allegedly not ready to take a pay cut, which means that United would have to match his current wages of approximately €100,000 per week to sign him. It is far from certain that a player of his stature deserves that much money.
Secondly, although he has enjoyed one of his best seasons in the Premier League this year, Mourinho has to consider the Englishman’s troubled past, full of injuries and below-par performances.
Last year, Wilshere went on loan to Bournemouth in order to regain fitness after spending most of the previous two seasons sidelined with injuries (and making less than 20 appearances in the league over two campaigns). Bournemouth eventually had no trouble avoiding relegation, but Wilshere was far from impressive, as he recorded only 2 assists (and no goals!) in 27 appearances or 1900 minutes of play.
These stats are particularly worrisome given the fact that Wilshere is primarily an attacking-minded midfielder and that he was given plenty of freedom to roam in a completely average Bournemouth side, where he should have been the stand-out performer.
Looking back at his past seasons, we notice another problematic trend – Wilshere has apparently never scored more than 3 goals and assisted more than 5 goals in a single league season, as per TransferMarkt data.
Further, Jack Wilshere is already 26 years old and there is almost nothing to suggest he would be up to task in Manchester – we doubt anyone can really see Mourinho playing Wilshere in the starting XI.
Some might suggest that Wilshere would be a great squad option to have, but you have to wonder what exactly he would bring to the team that no other player can do, given his previous record.
Both Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are undoubtedly better squad players than Wilshere and his potential arrival would only slow down the progress of Scott McTominay, who has recently proven to be a real asset to this United team.
The only thing that goes in favor of United signing is the fact that Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are set to leave the club in the summer, leaving a few spots open in the midfield area. Mourinho might be looking to fill his squad with bit-part players, but we would argue United can – should and must – do better than Wilshere.
In the end, ask yourself this, Manchester United fans: Do you really want a player who failed at Arsenal in your team?