Manchester United Opinion: Why the Red Devils should sign Youri Tielemans
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is embarking on a sizeable rebuild of the squad after Manchester United finished sixth, five points outside of the final Champions League berth and 32 behind the champions, Manchester City.
The Norwegian, 46, took charge of United on a caretaker basis in December after Jose Mourinho was sacked, but following an initial upturn in results, the team’s form dropped off significantly in the final weeks.
Few will expect a title challenge from the Red Devils next season given how far ahead City and Liverpool are, but only six points separated Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and United. Yet, a club of such stature will aim to realistically compete for the title and for that to happen they need to improve in every area of the pitch and show more consistency throughout the campaign.
Its crystal clear Solskjaer’s side are in need of major reinforcements this summer, particularly in defence and midfield. Shoring up the defence has to be United’s priority, but they must bolster their midfield options following the departure of Ander Herrera and the potential exit of Juan Mata next month.
Herrera’s departure has left a huge void in the squad, as the Spaniard’s energy and tenacity was so crucial in the early couple of months of Solskjaer’s system. He alongside Nemanja Matic were pivotal in helping the team tick over, whilst giving Paul Pogba the license to create opportunities in the final third.
Thus, Solskjaer should bring in Herrera’s replacement this summer and a technically-gifted midfielder like Youri Tielemans could be the perfect fit at Old Trafford. In fact, reputed Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has revealed United have made held talks with the midfielder’s agent over a summer move.
Youri Tielemans, 22, enjoyed an impressive loan spell in the Premier League last season at Leicester City. He joined the Foxes on a temporary move in January from Monaco with Adrien Silva heading to France as part of a swap deal. The Belgian international scored three times in 13 appearances for the Midlands outfit, helping Brendan Rodgers’ side finish ninth in the table.
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A technically-gifted and skilled operator, Tielemans uses his vision to orchestrate decent openings for his teammates going forward. He is an excellent distributor of the ball, known for dictating the tempo of the game as per the situation. What makes him such an accomplished midfielder at such a tender age is his tenacity and willingness to win back possession for his team as well.
Hence, the addition of Tielemans makes sense. The 22-year-old star offers the much-needed urgency in midfield while his technical abilities coupled with his work rate and energy will make him a grand success at Old Trafford.
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