Ratcliffe eyeing Man United swoop for ”impressive” Mainoo partner, he’d be a bargain

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This season, Erik ten Hag has faced many challenges at Manchester United, including player underperformance and injury. But one problem for which the Dutch manager hasn’t been able to find a remedy so far is his underperforming midfield.

Erik Ten Hag Man United Teams Premier League While it’s evident that Kobbie Mainoo and Bruno Fernandes will start for the Red Devils, Scott McTominay, Casemiro, and Sofyan Amrabat haven’t been able to secure a spot next to the 18-year-old.

It is therefore not surprise that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is eager to bolster the midfield this summer, since one player in particular may be Mainoo’s ideal partner.

Man Utd is still looking for a midfield player. CalcioMercato reports that Man United is monitoring Adrien Rabiot’s current circumstances. The French midfielder is now at Juventus in Italy, but Ratcliffe is considering making a move for him after a roadblock occurred during a contract renewal.Adrien Rabiot of Juventus responds: Rabiot’s contract with the Serie A team expires in the summer, so he may be able to go on a free transfer.

The midfielder is reportedly eager to play in the Premier League, which may work to United’s advantage. However, Newcastle United and other teams will compete for his services, as both have investigated signing the France international.

Manchester United’s Rasmus Hojlund Marcus Rasford Opinion Adrien Rabiot might end up being a good deal. Rabiot has been a mainstay in the starting lineup ever since joining Juventus in 2019, and this season has seen no changes to that status. This season, the 29-year-old has appeared in 25 Serie A games, starting 24, where he has been used as a box-to-box player in a midfield three.

Adrien, Rapoit, and Youth As evidenced by his seven goal contributions, Massimiliano Allegri has given the former Paris Saint-Germain star the freedom to attack when the chance arises. However, he has also been instrumental in helping Juventus maintain 14 clean sheets. Rabiot would be the perfect partner for Mainoo, who is now trying to do an impossible assignment in the midfield, because of his boundless energy and excellent engine, which enable him to execute this duty with ease.

23/24 Serie A Stats for Rabiot Statistics (per match) Rabiot Accuracy pass 84% completed passes 30.6 Attacks 1.8 Balls found 4.9 Dribbled over 0.4 Duels prevailed. 5.6 Through Sofascore Rabiot is a somewhat well-rounded player who feels at ease performing both in-possession and out-of-possession duties, as the table above shows. The number 25’s technical ability is somewhat limited because Juventus has had less possession than their opponents on average this season, which explains why his pass accuracy and completion aren’t very high. However, he would definitely be able to showcase that more alongside Mainoo, who is renowned for being a technical master.Mainoo, Man, Ten-Hag, Utd But according to FBref, Rabiot excels at carrying the ball, averaging 2.2 progressive carries per game. This demonstrates his ability to cover ground with easily, which is something United has severely needed. Furthermore, because of his athleticism, the “impressive” left-footed ace—as journalist Julien Laurens put it—often impacts the game defensively. This will undoubtedly make Mainoo’s job much simpler, as the number 37 must cover large spaces because of Casemiro’s lack of mobility. Rabiot might not necessarily be a first-choice starter even if he were to sign, but on the basis of the potential relationship he might have with Mainoo on the pitch, signing someone of his calibre on a free transfer might end up being a great deal.

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