Reacting to Friday night’s news that United are poised to complete a €30 million move for the Germany international, who was sidelined for 14 months with a back injury at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Carragher couldn’t resist the chance to have a pop at the Red Devils.
However, it’s more likely Carragher was trying to wind-up his fellow Monday Night Football pundit Gary Neville, the former Manchester United captain who asked his Twitter followers to translate the initial Gundogan report from German.
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“Looks like your signing a crock who can’t get a game for Dortmund,” Carragher tweeted, addressed to Neville and Sky Sports News.
As the Mirror point out, though, Gundogan has made 27 appearances for Borussia Dortmund this term and seems to have made a full recovery from that mysterious back problem which kept him out of action for the majority of last season.
The next Owen Hargreaves?
Gundogan, provided he stays fit and can replicate the form he showed during the 2012-13 campaign, will be a wonderful addition to Manchester United’s squad.
But there is a serious risk this deal could back-fire on the Red Devils. Owen Hargreaves immediately springs to mind.
Will Ilkay Gundogan be a class act or an expensive injury-prone flop at Manchester United? Have your say in the comments below!