Belgium international Eden Hazard will reportedly make his decision to join either Manchester City or Manchester United on Monday, with the English Premier League champions the favorites to win the Belgian’s signature according to the bookmakers.
Although City are favored to land Hazard, United most certainly need him more.
The Red Devils lacked attacking guile, cheek and innovation when they faced City at the Etihad Stadium on 30 April 2012.
As Jose Mourinho would say, United “parked the bus”, and obviously it did not work.
Adding Hazard would give United a world-class footballer who, like Cristiano Ronaldo, can play anywhere in attack.
On the other side of the touchline, City are fully-loaded as they say.
With that said, they will not want to lose Hazard to United. How far will City go to keep United from signing the Belgian? Well, that question should be answered by Monday.
According to the Lille star, he’s close to finalizing his decision.
“I have made my choice 90 per cent,” said Hazard. “There are always small things that can change everything. You will soon know where my future lies.
“City have won the title this year, and they have great players, a great coach and a nice project.
“At United, we all know [Sir Alex] Ferguson and all the talented players he has in his squad.”
Eden Hazard: By the Numbers
Since breaking into Lille’s first team in 2008-09, Eden Hazard has consistently improved his statistics and more importantly is level of play from season to season.
In 2008-09, Hazard tallied six goals and one assist in 33 appearances for LOSC in all competitions.
The following season, the Belgian upped his tally to eight goals and eight assists in 47 games, including five goals and eight assists in Ligue 1 action.
In 2010-11, Hazard’s improvement on the pitch did not lead to a drastic shift in his goal-scoring production.
For this reason, he bagged nine goals and eight assists in 49 games, but still managed to lead Lille to the Ligue 1 title.
Finally, in 2011-12, Eden put together his breakout campaign.
Not only did the Belgian bag the first goal of his international career, but he enjoyed a fantastic Ligue 1 term.
Hazard totaled 18 goals and 18 assists in 53 matches for club and country this past season.
His scintillating form caught the eyes of Europe’s biggest clubs, which is exactly why he will be playing his football in Manchester next season.
But which Manchester club will he choose?
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he will choose to join Manchester United. Why? Simply because he will get more time on the pitch.
However, don’t be surprised if I am completely wrong. It’s happened once or twice.