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Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson sends message to Manchester United over Timo Werner transfer


Manchester United have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s Timo Werner (Pictures: Getty)

Glen Johnson has urged Manchester United to forget about signing Chelsea forward Timo Werner and says a move to Old Trafford would also be problematic for the Germany international.

The Red Devils have been linked with a shock move for Werner since Ralf Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.

Rangnick is believed to be an admirer of his compatriot and while he is only expected to be in charge of the team until next summer, he will then move into a consultancy role at Old Trafford.

Manchester United were among the clubs linked with Werner while he was thriving at RB Leipzig, but the 25-year-old has endured a turbulent spell at Stamford Bridge.

While he helped Thomas Tuchel’s side win the Champions League and reach the FA Cup final last season, Werner has attracted criticism for his wayward finishing, with Chelsea spending almost £100m on another striker in Romelu Lukaku last summer.

Former Chelsea and England defender Johnson says Manchester United signing Werner wouldn’t be a good move ‘for either party’ and insists Rangnick already faces a problem to keep all of his attacking players happy.

‘I don’t think that’s a good move for either party to be honest,’ Johnson told BetttingOdds.com. ‘I don’t think it’s a good move for Manchester United and I don’t think it’s a good move for Timo Werner.

Glen Johnson doesn’t understand the transfer rumours (Picture: Getty)

‘United seem to want to sign any player available in that position which is just madness.

‘For me, they signed Jadon Sancho for a position they didn’t need and they’ve got [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Mason] Greenwood and [Edinson] Cavani. They clearly can’t play all these players and keep them all happy.

‘For Timo Werner to thrive then he has to be playing somewhere where he plays every week and at Manchester United he’s not going to do that.’

Werner scored twice against Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday night but the hosts scored a last minute equaliser to secure a point and deny Chelsea top spot from Group H.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 3-3 draw, Blues boss Tuchel said: ‘We had a very good first 15 minutes and then we stopped doing the things we did in the first 15 minutes.

Thomas Tuchel’s side drew 3-3 with Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

‘We were forgetting why we were the better team. Our behaviour changed when we had the lead and this is something we never did and we should never do.

‘We do the things that we want to do on the highest level and we push ourselves and it hurts and it has to hurt.

‘You have to play through pain – physical pain – and you have to raise your level of concentration and you have to overcome adversity.

‘If you change your behaviour because of the score, you allow the possibility to get punished. It’s as easy as the basics. The basics need to be pushed onto a higher level while we are in the lead.’

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