fr24news– Manchester United will be supported by the return to form of Mason Greenwood, but that does not take away from the club’s transfer priority this summer.
After a year-long transfer saga with Borussia Dortmund over acquiring Jadon Sancho, United have finally admitted defeat, refusing to respect the Bundesliga club’s £ 108million valuation.
Sancho’s form has cooled this season with just three goals and seven assists in 18 league outings. United’s need for a right-wing alternative to Greenwood was not, however.
Amad has thrilled fans since joining Atalanta, but has yet to make his first-team debut and is still a teenager.
“He trains with the first team and is doing well and he’s still new to England and the style of football in England, so it’s going to take time and like all young players you have to be patient with them,” United’s Under-23 coach Neil Wood said. told MEN Sport this week, stressing that patience is Amad’s key.
Greenwood himself is only 19 years old, which can be easily forgotten after being brought into the first team and handed the number 11 shirt. Daniel James also struggled on the right side and looked more at the comfortable on the left in his sporadic appearances this quarter.
Paul Pogba recently started on the right against Liverpool and Arsenal but that cannot be a long-term fix for United. The right remains a problematic position that must be prioritized, alongside the recruitment of a center-back partner for Harry Maguire.
As Bruno Fernandes’ role continues to grow at Manchester United, on and off the pitch, the club could heed his advice in closing a deal for Leeds United winger Raphinha, with whom Fernandes has partnered in a way. impressive during his stay at Sporting CP.
“Raphinha, I miss Raphinha”, Fernandes reportedly quoted by Top Mercato in December 2019.
“He’s a player with whom I had a different chemistry from others. He understood me at a glance.
“He knew, depending on the movement of my body, where I was going to put the ball to him. I also miss him because he brought joy to the locker room. He is also a responsible and hardworking person. ”
Raphinha grabbed the headlines on Monday night with an eye-catching show against Crystal Palace. The Brazilian retired Gary Cahill with sublime skill that left the Crystal Palace defender dizzy and made Leeds fans jump out of their seats at home.
The 24-year-old cost Leeds just £ 15million after arriving on transfer deadline day this summer, with the Whites taking full advantage of Rennes’ surprising willingness to part ways with a key figure who has them. led to Champions League qualification the year before.
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It was a move that baffled French football connoisseurs and looks more and more astute day by day. In just 14 Premier League starts he is already showing he should have ordered at least double that fee which could have kept Leeds from moving.
While Raphinha has all the flair you would expect from a Brazilian, he also puts in tough yards, as every player needs to thrive in a Marcelo Bielsa team. According to Opta stats, the 24-year-old has sprinted more than any of his Leeds teammates in seven of his 14 starts, showing off his work ethic, without diminishing his end product.
Raphinha has the pace of a winger and the tactical intelligence of an inside striker, making it easy to see why his relationship with Fernandes was so strong in Portugal.
The image below highlights the effect of Raphinha’s runs from the outside to the inside, with Mateusz Klich slipping the winger on goal, allowing a shot that directly resulted in a goal for Patrick Bamford, who has tapped into the rebound
It’s easy to imagine the damage he could do with Fernandes or Pogba in possession, with Raphinha constantly performing those penetrating runs between center-back and full-back.
Likewise, Raphinha’s passing, both short and long, impressed in his debut Premier League season. United enjoyed a lot of glee during the long-lasting game changes, evidenced in their recent FA Cup victory over Liverpool, where Marcus Rashford and Greenwood scored and assisted from very similar passages of play.
Leeds’ tendency to move the ball forward at a pace has lent itself to Raphinha’s skills in this regard and would benefit United with ball outs from Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
After last weekend’s draw with Everton underscored United’s need for a new center-back, their overreliance on Greenwood from the right cannot be forgotten.
While an Elland Road signing may not be immediately popular – and certainly difficult to pull off, Rio Ferdinand has already proven that it can be hugely successful on the rare occasions it does perform.