As the January transfer window unfolds for Old Trafford, Manchester United are starting to be linked with a number of players.
I think it’s pretty clear that United need some new signatures, whether it’s at the end of the season or in early January, and one area that has been identified by supporters is the midfield. .
Although Ralf Rangnick has not been linked with this particular player, an opportunity has arisen for the club to find a solid midfielder at an affordable price.
This person is Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria. His club have confirmed he will leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.
But due to the urgent need for United, who need a solid midfielder, they may even be tempted to make a switch for him in January.
We think he’s ticking all the boxes, so ours United On My Mind author, Omar Garrick, has listed three reasons why Denis Zakaria should consider switching to Manchester United.
1. He fits United!
Let’s be right here – Manchester United’s midfield is a league below Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. Of course, there are some ingenious individual players, but no one seems to work together because they have similar characteristics.
One could argue that Fred, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay have similar qualities because they are box-to-box midfielders, not defensive.
Zakaria would be an ingenious signing because he can cover for the defense and transfer the ball quickly to the attack.
Mönchengladbach have not been great this season, but under Marco Rose they excelled by using two midfielders in a 4-2-3-1. Zakaria was one of those who was unique.
At United, Rangnick plays with two midfielders in the middle, so Zakaria would play directly in. Unlike other clubs, which may have better depth in midfield, he would be the perfect fit!
The continuation of German fever
Since the 2017/18 season, Zakaria has played in the Bundesliga, so he knows that the German game is based on speed, high pressure and intensity.
Although Ralf Rangnick has not yet been able to shape his philosophy on the current United setup, he would like to implement the same kind of qualities found in German football, and Zakaria could be the perfect midfielder to perform. to.
Whether Rangnick stays or leaves at the end of the season, he will have an impact in his consulting role in connection with significant problems at the club, and his philosophy will be shone through the team.
A move to Zakaria would put a cross in many fields. According to FBRef, he completed 4.9 successful prints per. 90 this season, only improved by Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
He would fit right into what Rangnick is trying to build at Old Trafford. He even likes what United are trying to develop and therefore he should join.
3. Main-holding midfielder
I think United fans would be quite happy with a switch to Zakaria because he had become the main midfielder and he needs to consider this.
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United have only 33-year-old Nemanja Matic as the second number six on the team and he clearly can not cope with the job the team needs in the middle of the pitch.
Zakaria can handle the defensive elements, and the statistics prove it. This season, he has averaged 1.72 tackles, 2.48 blocks and 2.41 interceptions per game.
Knowing that there is not much competition in the holding midfield division, he has a rare opportunity to be almost guaranteed a starting place in one of the biggest clubs in the world. Why would you refuse it?
He will be very cheap to get, so United should try everything they can to convince him to come.
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