Manchester United have continually been linked with defensive reinforcements owing to the fact that both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are out of contract in the summer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Manchester United is Bayern Munich’s imposing center back Dante, and here’s a look at three reasons why this move would be a good idea.
1. Aerial ability
Manchester United have been exposed time and again this season in wider areas, and have failed to prevent crosses from coming in. They have relied heavily on their center backs and their aerial dominance to clear the ball. Bayern Munich’s Brazilian center back fits this mold perfectly. At 6’2” tall, Dante is a commanding presence in the back line, and his strength lies in coming forward to win headers and prevent attacks from happening.
His numbers are very good, in terms of headers won- this season he has won 41 of the 68 headers he has attempted in the league (60% success), while it was 68 out of 95 (72% success) last season. He is also a big threat from set pieces, and scored one goal last season, while making one assist a piece in the last two seasons. With the physical attributes to succeed in the physicality of the Premier League, Dante should be able to seamlessly slot into the United defense.