Why Manchester United should have signed Adrien Rabiot
Manchester United have been dealt with a significant setback after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against West Ham on Sunday. There were quite a few poor performances towards the end of last season and this was a defeat that was scarily similar.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield is very short of options right now and it’s far worse when Paul Pogba isn’t available.
However, the season is still in its first few stages and there’s more than enough time to turn things around for the Norwegian. However, the board should have done more to sign someone like Adrien Rabiot, who was linked with a move to the club, as per Daily Express, but ended up joining Juventus instead.
He would have been the perfect long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic. The Serbian has been off-colour for a while now and it was especially visible against the Hammers.
The Serbian had a fantastic first six months at Old Trafford and was an important part of a Chelsea squad that won two Premier League titles but he looks like a shadow of his former self.
Like Matic of the past, Rabiot is very comfortable on the ball and is left-footed. He is also a big physical specimen and can either go box-to-box or play as a holding midfielder.
Rabiot is also 24 and has a lot of years left in the tank. Although he hasn’t been used often at his new club, Juventus, he might have second thoughts about joining now because he’d have been a guaranteed starter for the Red Devils.
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He left Paris Saint-Germain on bad terms and did not play for a while but he’s still a good midfielder, who does a little bit of everything in the middle of the park. He drives forward by scoring goals and creating chances while being defensively solid and great in the air.
Manchester United should have done more to convince him in the summer. He would’ve been one of the key figures to a side that’s looking to regain its former glory. Now, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to work with what he has.