By Matt Farr
Manchester United legend Frank Stapleton has urged Everton defender Seamus Coleman to seek a move to Old Trafford.
Ex-striker Stapleton scored 78 goals in 365 matches for Manchester United, and admitted to the Manchester Evening News that Coleman had the ability to make the step up with the Premier League big-guns.
The Everton star is one of the best attacking full-backs in the Premier League, and has been linked to United on and off for many years.
It was reported by the Sun in January that Jose Mourinho’s side were looking to make a deadline day swoop for Coleman, only for the defender to remain at Goodison Park.
Current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has already backed Coleman to move to Manchester United, and Stapleton has followed suit.
He told the Manchester Evening News : “If you look at the current Ireland teams, both the Irish one and the Northern Irish one, he’s the one player in the whole of the two squads that would have the ability to do that, to make that step up.
“It’s not a step up in terms of ability; it’s a step up because there’s much more pressure to win.
“He’s young enough and he’s in a good position in that right-back position where he’s almost playing on the right-wing, but there are other responsibilities in the team that he would have in Everton which would be more prominent if he joined a club like Manchester United.”
The 28-year-old has been in excellent form for Everton this term, contributing four goals and four assists from 25 appearances in all competitions.
Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland international has also been a key part of a Toffees defence that has kept eight clean sheets in the Premier League this season.
After missing Everton’s first three games with injury, Coleman has now started in every league match since.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is understood to be set to make changes to his defensive options in the summer, with Coleman lined up as a potential new addition.
Antonio Valencia is the current first-choice right-back at Old Trafford, but despite handing him a new deal, Mourinho is expected to add another full-back to the ranks.
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