Yves Bissouma delivered an action performance for Brighton last night to help his team deny Chelsea a win at Stamford Bridge.
In the process, the central midfielder showed exactly why he is a player Manchester United should work on picking up when the transfer window opens.
The midfield has been identified by fans as the priority area to strengthen since the summer, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær paid with his job to ignore the area.
The new interim manager Ralf Rangnick has already witnessed the restrictions in United’s midfield after four games in the lead.
Yves Bissouma was a name many fans wanted added to the ranks at Old Trafford after strong performances against United last season, and last night he showed once again how good he is.
Ready to move
Bissouma was the best midfielder on the pitch at Stamford Bridge as Brighton fought back to claim a 1-1 draw with former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck scoring an equalizer in overtime.
The 25-year-old even had two shots on goal as he pressed to score while creating two goal chances for his teammates.
Bissouma made seven tackles, two interceptions and three clearances while giving only one foul. He completed 85 percent of his passes and touched the ball 74 times – more than any Chelsea midfielder.
United need a midfielder with Bissouma’s all-round play to improve on current opportunities Fred and Scott McTominay, who are limited while also lacking qualities that make them stand out in a particular area.
This season, United have not met Brighton and Bissouma, where the match in December has been postponed. He should be suspended for the original match, but will be available for the yet-to-be-arranged match – unless United sign him first.
Bissouma made life difficult for Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford last season in United’s 1-0 win, where he made six tackles and three interceptions on a determined performance.
Athletic speculated earlier this year that Bissouma could cost the teams around £ 40 million, while the midfielder himself welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival to the Premier League as a dream come true back in September.
Bissouma is ready for a bigger move and a fresh challenge in his career, but United’s precise midfield plan is still unclear.
It is clear that the position United need to strengthen in, with Fred and McTominay not convincing, Nemanja Matic approaching the mid-30s, Paul Pogba’s contract expiring and Donny van de Beek still an unknown amount.
Bissouma has been tested in the Premier League and can get directly into United’s starting line-up. He showed last night that he can once again cut against the league’s top team, and United would be wrong not to take a closer look when the transfer window opens again next month.
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