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Keisuke Honda: The Japanese David Beckham offers himself to Man Utd

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 20:19, 28 September 2019

Former AC Milan forward Keisuke Honda has offered his services to Manchester United free of charge.

The 33-year-old, dubbed as Japan’s answer to David Beckham, is currently unemployed having last represented Melbourne Victory with whom he parted company in July.

Who is ‘Japan’s David Beckham’? Five things to know about Keisuke Honda…

  • Honda began his professional career at Gamba Osaka before representing Japanese club Nagoya Grampus.
  • He’d leave for Europe in 2008 by joining Dutch outfit VVV-Venlo from there Honda would represent CSKA Moscow before earning a dream move to AC Milan.
  • A spell at Mexican side CF Pachuca would proceed a brief spell at Melbourne Victory in Australia.
  • Honda, who has been likened to Red Devils icon David Beckham, represented Japan at three different World Cups, scoring four goals across 10 appearances.
  • He’s currently without a club and has offered to play for Man Utd for free.

Since leaving the Australian outfit, Honda has retained his role as manager of the Cambodia national team which he’s held since August 2018.

But it’s clear the former Japanese international, who has played at three World Cup finals, is keen to reignite his playing career.

Honda, who began at Gamba Osaka, to date has represented no fewer than three European clubs including AC Milan where he made no fewer than 92 appearances and bagged 11 goals whilst creating a further 14.

Like many, the Settsu-born footballer has been keeping an eye on Man Utd’s current predicament but feels he can be of service to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they would not have to pay him a dime.

“Give me an offer. I don’t need money but I need to play with great team and great team mate!” he wrote on his official Twitter page, while tagging Manchester United’s English and Japanese speaking accounts.

It remains to be seen whether Ed Woodward, who has come under intense pressure from sections of United’s fanbase, will entertain Honda’s offer.

Man Utd, meanwhile, are preparing to face big rivals Arsenal on Monday night. Solskjaer’s team go into the Old Trafford showdown lying in the bottom half after picking up two wins from their opening six Premier League fixtures.