Wilkins: United fans would embrace Lampard if he moved to Old Trafford

Ray Wilkins has told BBC Radio Manchester he believes Frank Lampard would be accepted by fans and make a major impact were he to join Manchester United.

Lampard and Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole, whose contracts expire this summer, have both been linked with moves to Old Trafford.

And Wilkins, who joined United from the Blues in 1979, is convinced Lampard would be a success were he to make the switch.

Wilkins said: “He’ll win them [United fans] over because of his footballing ability.

“If you look at Old Trafford, if anything they lack goals from the middle of the pitch.

“They’ve got goals coming from everywhere else – full-back, centre-half – but from the middle they are not scoring as regularly as when Paul Scholes was a tad younger.

“Frank will guarantee you goals because he has that knack of arriving at the right situation and the right time to put the ball in the back of the net, and he finishes like a forward.

“Frank has been an unbelievable servant to Chelsea and I honestly felt they would have given him maybe a year or two more.

“They have obviously decided to take a different look at the way things are going at Stamford Bridge and alter their philosophy.”



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