JOHN Carver says Manchester United missed a trick in the summer – by passing on a move for Daryl Janmaat.
And Carver feels the club’s loss is Newcastle United’s gain.
He’s been outstanding along with Jack Colback. What he is is a good defender, and he likes playing on the front foot.John Carver
Man United manager Louis van Gaal was expected to bid for the defender, having coached him at international level.
Janmaat was a fixture in the Holland side which reached the World Cup semi-finals last summer – but he chose not to sign him from Feyenoord.
Instead, attack-minded Janmaat joined Newcastle as Arsenal-bound Mathieu Debuchy’s replacement.
The 25-year-old – who has six Premier League assists to his name so far this season – has fitted seamlessly into the team.
“He’s been outstanding along with Jack Colback,” said Carver, “He’s been the most consistent.
“He’s a great lad and a great character. He’s quite lively. What he is is a good defender, and he likes playing on the front foot.
“We’re trying to get him out of this habit of coming inside and hitting one with his left foot from 40 yards – that happens once a season.
“When he does go on the outside, you get a bit of quality. That’s what we saw when we signed him.”
Asked about van Gaal’s decision not to move for Janmaat, Carver added: “I think he had more pressing issues to sort out. He would have had his priorities.
“Let’s not forget, when he came in he was talking about playing with three centre-backs. Even as a wing back, he would have fitted into the system nicely.
“He’s a top, top player. We lost a top player in Matty Debuchy, but replaced him with an exceptional player. That’s good news.”
Meanwhile, United winger Jonas Gutierrez, an unused substitute against Villa, could make his long-awaited comeback. Gutierrez was given the all-clear after treatment for testicular cancer late last year.