The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern have spent the last day or two discussing the prospect of Blaise Matuidi moving to Old Trafford…
For all of Man Utd’s qualities in midfield, one thing that they lack is a bit of bite. Ander Herrera can run and pass fantastically, and Paul Pogba is excellent with the ball at his feet, but neither player is particularly proficient when their back is up against the wall. Man Utd often found themselves struggling last season, and they sometimes crumbled under the pressure. Clearly, then, a bit of midfield bite and tenacity is just what they need – and Matuidi, who is rated at £25.5m by TransferMarkt, can provide that in droves. The Frenchman is naturally more defensive than any other player currently available for selection for Mourinho, meaning that he can provide something unique.
He is a strong tackler, a great passer and is fantastic at breaking up play. The effect that N’Golo Kante had within the Chelsea team following his arrival was clear, and Matuidi could have a very similar effect for the Red Devils. He also brings with him years of experience, something that many of Man Utd’s young stars don’t have. That is a quality that Jose Mourinho will rate very highly, and could attract him into making the move.
Matuidi may not bring the glitz or the glamour of a player like Antoine Griezmann, but the job that he does is just as important, and Jose Mourinho would be wise to sign him this summer.
Man Utd fans – thoughts?
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