Why Manchester United must complete a double swoop for Lewandowski & Thiago
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to revive a frustrating transfer window by considering deals for Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara. It is being reported that the Bavarian club are keeping the door open for Thiago, while Lewandowski has stated his desire to leave Germany in order to play elsewhere.
So, this is a situation United must capitalise on before potential suitors come calling for either of these players. They will add quality to the squad and could be the ones to propel the Red Devils to a league title next season.
Here’s why it is a brilliant move by the club to consider deals for two high-quality players:
Right move to get these players
With Paul Pogba struggling to thrive at Old Trafford upon his comeback from Juventus, Mourinho might need a playmaker who is an adept box-to-box midfielder. Thiago fits that bill perfectly as the Spaniard is good with the ball and clever enough to cover spaces without it.
His passing accuracy of 91.5% and tackling rate of 2.4 per game last season epitomises his ability in both fronts of the game. The 27-year-old also has a key pass average of 1.5, indicating his propensity to thread incisive through balls to the forward runners.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski will add everything Mourinho needs from his centre-forward. The Polish marksman is not only a clinical finisher, as his hold up play to bring others in to play is impeccable.
He may not have the pace as compared to Romelu Lukaku but there is hardly anyone better than the 29-year-old in and around the box.
Lewandowski netted 29 goals in 30 league appearances last season, depicting his ruthlessness and sharpness in front of goal. Furthermore, he has the height and the stature to be a threat from set-pieces as well.
Analysing the attributes of these players, one may understand why Mourinho is keen to get them to Old Trafford. The Portuguese can build his team’s spine by deploying them in key roles. While Thiago will bring quality and game awareness on and off the ball, Lewandowski will exhibit merciless finishing, which will keep Premier League defences on their toes.
They might just be the missing piece in the United jigsaw which may lead them to a Premier League title next season. Hence, the Red Devils should do everything to get this double swoop done.