Listen to Ferdinand – Man Utd signing this 19-year-old starlet would be a huge coup

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Why Man United must go all out to sign Agustin Almendra this month

Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club Manchester United to sign four players in January as they look to mount a challenge for the top four. (h/t The Sun)

When conducting a Q&A on Twitter, the former defender, who won six Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford, named the Napoli pair of Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz (h/t The Sun) as his ideal new signings this month.

Ferdinand also picked out Boca Juniors’ teenage midfielder Agustin Almendra as a ‘wildcard’ addition the club could make, before adding that Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani would be another ideal addition. (h/t The Sun)

Agustin Almendra is a talented 19-year-old central midfielder currently plying his trade at Boca Juniors. He has made 11 appearances across all competitions for Boca this season, scoring a goal.

With the teenager impressing in Boca Juniors colours and certainly catching Ferdinand’s attention, should Manchester United listen to their former star’s advice and make a move?

Agustin Almendra of Boca Juniors kicks the ball during a match between Velez and Boca Juniors as part of Superliga Argentina 2019/20 at Jose Amalfitani Stadium on November 10, 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Getty Images)

The Red Devils are struggling for numbers in midfield after injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, leaving Fred and Nemanja Matic as the only senior options.

Pogba’s future remains shrouded in uncertainty, with his Manchester United team-mates all expecting him to leave this summer. Andreas Pereira and the fit-again Timothy Fosu-Mensah could potentially fill in but there is a lack of depth.

United currently have enough players to sustain the defensive and attacking departments but the midfield desperately needs reinforcements. The inability to replace Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini before the start of the season has come back to bite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side are 5th in the Premier League table.

Having said that, Agustin Almendra would be a smart fit at Old Trafford. Although he is young and currently plays in a less-competitive league, Almendra’s passing and spatial awareness belie his age.

He is an excellent distributor of the ball and can be an effective dribbler when running at the opposition defenders.

Boca Juniors’ midfielder Agustin Almendra celebrates after scoring a goal against Defensa y Justicia during their Argentina First Division Superliga football match, at the Norberto Tomaghello stadium in Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires Province, on October 6, 2019. (Getty Images)

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Furthermore, the Argentinean packs a lot of venom with his goal attempts and has a high work-rate both on and off the ball. In the video below, one can see Almendra’s playing style and the qualities he would bring to United if a move goes through.

Verdict

A versatile customer, Solskjaer could use Almendra as a right-sided midfielder, a central midfielder or a deep-lying playmaker. Thus, the young Argentinean would prove to be a shrewd choice for the Red Devils.

Rohan Sengupta @garrydevildada

Hi, I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7. Follow me @garrydevildada

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