Man United target Nathan Collins has been urged to reject a move to Old Trafford in the summer by Stoke City legend Liam Lawrence.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on bolstering his defence for next season and Collins has been recommended to the Norwegian by United’s potential director of football Darren Fletcher.
The 18-year-old made his Stoke debut at the back end of last season and is held in high regards by the Potters.
And ex-Stoke star Lawrence believes that Collins will struggle for regular game time at Man United which could adversely hamper his progress.
“My advice to both Stoke and to the youngster himself is to sit tight, even if Manchester United are as keen as some claim and table an offer,” Lawrence wrote for StokeonTrentLive.
The former Republic of Ireland international went on to add:
“My advice to the lad himself would also be to stick with Stoke City if there is a decision to make. I realise that’s easy for me to say because no doubt United would offer him astronomical sums compared to what Stoke can offer him.
“I would ask him [Collins] to consider the bigger picture and obviously he has time on his side at 18. At United he would be nowhere near the first team, but here he’s got a chance next season.
“And as I say, if he plays and does well, his career will take care of itself and he’ll get his move soon enough when he’s a little older and a lot better.”
Lawrence also went on to reveal that given the potential Collins possesses, he wouldn’t be surprised if he made the switch to a big club sooner or later.
“I’ve only seen him a couple of times so far, but already you can tell the lad has bags of potential at centre half.
“I was particularly impressed with how cool and calm he was under pressure for such a young lad.
“He’s also got a big and strong presence, while he looks good on the deck and in the air.”