Two Alternatives For Fabinho Who Manchester United Can Target
Manchester United’s search for a deep-lying playmaker is a well-documented fact in the transfer market and it is a problem which they have been trying to address ever since Paul Scholes retired. Michael Carrick did a fine job in playing in that role for years but age has caught up with him as well. As such, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United were busy monitoring potential prospects in the summer window as well.
Although Fabinho was heavily linked to the club, yet the move never materialised and United roped in Nemanja Matic from Chelsea instead. The Serbian has done a fine job thus far but the Red Devils still need someone who is capable of playing the role of a Regista in the middle of the park. With reports now claiming that Manchester City have been given encouragement in Fabinho pursuit, here are 3 alternatives who Manchester United can switch their attention to.
The hard-working Belgian is easily one of the best players in this position in the world right now and he has underlined his class time and again. Last summer, he rejected a move to Chelsea. With 1 goal and 2 assists in 5 Serie A appearances this season, the AS Roma player is not only capable of orchestrating the game but is also tactically disciplined and rarely makes a mistimed challenge.
He is also exceptionally well-built which would help him in adapting to the Premier League’s physicality quite easily, thus making him an instant success. At 29 years, he has already hit peak form, so it would make sense for United to lure him from the Italian club where he has failed to win anything of note so far in his career.
An exciting young Bundesliga starlet who could be a long-term fit for the Scholes role is Julian Weigl. The Borussia Dortmund youngster has an impressive passing range, is tenacious, and could be the perfect foil for Pogba once Matic starts declining. He does his job without a lot of fuss, just like Sergio Busquets, and his presence is felt every time his team forges an attack together. Gifted with an uncanny ability to bring others into play, Weigl is a target for a lot of bigger clubs and the Manchester-based outfit would be wise to lap him up if they get the chance.
Manchester United have always attracted bright young talents and Weigl would surely consider United’s approach if they indeed make one.