Who Is This Algerian Midfielder That Manchester United Are After? Everything You Need To Know

Adam Ounas

Manchester United will be under the management of Jose Mourinho next season, who will be looking to repair his reputation which was damaged badly after his tenure at Chelsea ended mid-last season. He has already begun his preparation for next season and has signed Côte d’Ivoire international Eric Bailly. However he is well aware that his job isn’t finished yet and if he wants to restore United back amongst the elites of Europe, he needs to add more players to his squad this summer. According to reports, the United manager is looking to sign the Bordeaux starlet Adam Ounas in the coming months. The 19 year old midfielder is still finding his feat in the professional football world and that’s the reason he is still an unknown entity for many across English Channel. So who is Adam Ounas?

In a disappointing campaign for Bordeaux, Ounas has been one of the bright spots. An academy graduate, he made his first senior appearance on 4 October 2015 and caught everyones attention with a beautifully set up debut goal. On the back of that start he became a regular part of the first-team set-up for the rest of the season and finished the campaign with five goals and two assists in 15 starts and eight substitute appearances. Ounas has two France U20 caps. He scored a wonderful debut goal in a 4-3 win against the England U20s last November which alerted a lot of scouts in the football fratinity.

Bordeaux' French midfielder Adam Ounas reacts during the French Ligue 1 football match between Bordeaux and Bastia on March 20, 2016 at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP / NICOLAS TUCAT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Although it is still early days for the teenager with just 788 minutes in all competitions, the Algerian can play anywhere across the front line, though he often lines up on the right wing where he likes to cut in on his stronger left foot and play through balls in the channels. He has everything a manager would want in his winger, quick feet and acceleration, silky touch, great close control and drive with the ball at his feet, which has led to many comparing him to the likes of Messi. One look at him and it doesn’t take time to realize how comfortable this boy is with the ball at his feet.

One of his biggest weaknesses is his thin and slender structure, which makes him the target of more physical full backs. He may need to bulk up to gain some more power in his slender legs. Still a teenager, Ounas has a lot of learning to do before his name is mentioned amongst the star players of the world. He has often been found guilty of over doing things, when the correct option was the simpler one. He is often seen trying to beat one player to many or holding on to the ball for longer than what is required. If he is going to make a name for himself in England, he will need to toughen up quite a bit otherwise English defenders are going to have a field day facing him.

Written by Anurag Singh

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