Manchester United have always attracted the best of players from across the world. The history, the success, the following across the world, it all gives a sense of pride to anybody who puts on the Red colours of Manchester. So, it is no surprise they have some of the best players playing for them.
But in football, it is not all about the stars. A team always has someone, who is always in the shadows, doing his job quietly, and probably doesn’t receive the credit he deserves. The underrated players. With the January window looming, we take a look at three underrated players that can add a lot to this United side if they were brought in:
Not very long ago, Moutinho was a target for Tottenham Hotspur. But the move never materialised. The dynamic Portuguese is no doubt one of the most underrated players around the world. Moutinho who made the switch to Monaco from Porto in 2013, has developed into one of the finest deep-lying playmakers in the game.
The 30-year old is a key cog for the French side as he offers great control and keeps them ticking with some crisp passing from the middle. His set pieces are always a threat and possess an incredible vision as well. Add to that his defensive work-rate and his immense experience at club and international levels, United may have the perfect replacement for an ageing Michael Carrick.
Juventus have enjoyed a great amount of success in this decade. There have been many players involved that have had a huge hand in the team’s brilliant run in the Italian league, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba etc. But one man who was a constant feature in a midfield that has seen many changes over the years is Claudio Marchisio.
The Italian is in his eleventh season at the club and despite winning five Scudetto titles, he seldom gets the credit that he deserves. After Pirlo’s move to the MLS, he has emerged as the leader of the Bianconeri and is one of the best centre midfielders in the game. He is a greatly gifted player with a beautiful first touch and also possesses the ability to drive forward with energy while rendering solidity in the middle of the park.
Injuries have hampered his game over the last couple of seasons but when fit, he can be another player who can fill in Carrick’s shoes in the midfield for United.
Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy took most of the plaudits last season for Leicester City’s title victory, but one cannot put enough value on Danny Drinkwater’s partnership in the middle of the pitch with the Frenchman.
Drinkwater’s constant running, his defensive work along with the support he provides going forward was a hallmark last season. And his eye for a defence-splitting pass was on display throughout, as he sprayed plenty of lovely balls for Vardy to chase down. Former academy graduate, Manchester United will be wondering how they let slip such a gem through their hands. Having him back in the team could turn their midfield into a powerhouse.