Giggs: I wish Manchester United had signed N'Golo Kante
When Manchester United played Leicester City last season I chatted afterwards to the staff about N’Golo Kanté and what a good player he had been for them.
We discussed what kind of a midfielder he was and their theory was that he was a No 6 and a No 8, a tackler and a passer. They said it was like having an extra player. He has proved that again this season at Chelsea.
Kanté gets compared to Claude Makelele but I don’t see many similarities apart from their size.
Kanté hunts the ball down. He is so quick to cover space, get to the ball and make the tackle. I have played against that kind of opponent over the years. They are a nightmare – you cannot shake them off.
All I can say is that last season I hoped United would sign Kanté, and in the end his buy-out clause looked very good value at £29 million.
It will be hard picking a player of the year from this Chelsea team if they do go on to win the title but I still find myself leaning to Diego Costa. He is the kind of selfless striker every side would like but so few have.
And there has to be a word for David Luiz who is my pick of the three Chelsea defenders, I had my doubts about bringing Luiz back but Antonio Conte obviously saw that he was perfect for that position in the middle of the three. I wondered when he returned whether he had learnt from previous mistakes and, watching him, it looks like he has.
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