The World Cup has given birth to another star as Russia’s £25m-rated Aleksandr Golovin, who has played a key role in his nation’s impressive start to the tournament. Manchester United have been linked with making a move for the midfielder, who is also on the radar of Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus.
Here are the reasons why the Red Devils should beat off competition and sign Golovin, who is exactly the type of player Manchester United need right now.
Glowing at the biggest stage
Manchester United need players who can perform in crucial matches at the biggest of stages, and Golovin has proved that he can do that. The box-to-box midfielder has played a part in almost all of Russia’s goals at the World cup so far. With his 2 assists and a goal in 2 matches, Golovin is one of the top performers of the World Cup.
Although the CSKA Moscow man is known for his attacking impact, he has been accomplishing some really impressive numbers on the defensive front as well. Golovin averages 3 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game at the World Cup so far.
A direct player
Mourinho is known to play a counter-attacking brand of football with no special emphasis on retaining possession as he favours direct football whenever possible. Thus, the Portuguese manager would love to have a player such as Golovin, who thrives at getting the ball further up the pitch as soon as possible. The Russian has the ability to dribble past players before looking for a through ball to a team-mate, who is in an advanced position.
Golovin is also efficient with his hold-up play which brings his team-mates into the game.
A healthy competitor for Pogba and Fred
Manchester United have a number of midfielders, but only Nemanja Matic seems to be a regular fixture in Mourinho’s starting line-up. The signing of Fred will certainly push Paul Pogba to improve his game but landing Golovin could further increase the competition in the squad which could result in the players giving their all whenever called upon to cement their place in the starting XI.
Pogba has shown his quality in patches during his time in England but the French midfielder is yet to establish himself as a star player in the Premier League.