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The man they need? – Man United renewing pursuit of this 26-year-old La Liga ace makes absolute sense

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in action. (Getty Images)

Why Man United must go all out to sign Thomas Partey

Manchester United’s struggles continue after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend.

The Red Devils were leading 1-0 before Southampton fought back to level the score. United should have piled on the pressure when the hosts were down to 10 men but the Saints held on for a crucial point.

United are still a work in progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and for all the good work that Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are doing, there is still something missing from the team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Red Devils could use some more stability in the midfield and need the services of Thomas Partey.

The Atletico Madrid star was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer (h/t Manchester Evening News) but decided to remain with the La Liga giants.

United have made some errors regarding their signings in the past but there is every reason Partey would be a hit at Old Trafford.

The midfielder that United need

The 26-year-old Partey has been on the rise since moving to Madrid and has become one of the best defensive midfielders in the Spanish league.

The Ghana international is great with the ball at his feet but importantly, he can provide cover to United’s porous defence.

Nemanja Matic is a quality player but his legs are slowly going and the Red Devils need someone who is younger in the position.

Paul Pogba also needs someone who can cover the ground quickly when he goes up to attack, and Partey is an ideal partner for the World Cup winner.

United do have Scott McTominay and the youngster has done well under Solskjaer, but Partey is a class above.

The 26-year-old can improve further in a demanding league and United have the money to splash on the right player.

Of course, the Red Devils still have Fred on their books, but the Brazilian has failed to impress since joining the Premier League giants.

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United also allowed Ander Herrera to leave in the summer and they are missing that additional steel in the middle of the park.

Verdict

Partey has the ability to play at any top league after his growth under Simeone and would be a fantastic signing for United.

The Red Devils have fixed their defence with a couple of players and now need to concentrate on the midfield.