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Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Dreams Of Manchester United Switch: Should Solskjaer Move In For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Bild (via Manchester Evening News), Borussia Dortmund centre-half Manuel Akanji is a big supporter of Manchester United, and the same source goes on to state that the Swiss talent ‘makes no secret’ that his ‘dream club’ is Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side. In an interview conducted back in October 2018, the Bundesliga defender told NZZ (translated by Manchester Evening News), “I have a big dream.

“To get as far as possible in football. Since my childhood days Manchester United have been my favourite club. I’d like to play there one day.

“But right now, that’s not an issue. I am happy at Dortmund and try to be the best possible person off the pitch.”

Akanji’s recent words clearly state that he is a huge admirer of Man United, so the real question is whether he is good enough to play for the Red Devils. The Swiss prospect has been a solid defender in Lucian Favre’s first-team during this campaign, but he has struggled with a persistent hip problem which is a concern.

The 23-year-old grew up playing football at Winterthur before sealing a move to FC Basel in the summer of 2015. He rose to prominence while playing for the Swiss giants and his commanding displays on the pitch earned him a move to Dortmund during the January transfer window of 2018.

Akanji primarily operates as a centre-back but can fill in at right-back if required. The Swiss defensive ace has decent pace and is physically strong as well. He is also a terrific tackler and can make timely interceptions for his team. 

The acquisition of Akanji will undoubtedly bolster Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s defensive options at Old Trafford. Man United have currently got the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo competing for a place in the Red Devils first-team. However, one can argue that Akanji might be an upgrade over any of them as he is a sensational athlete who has the potential to become world-class in the coming years.

Hence, Solkjaer should consider making a move for him in the future so that the Norwegian manager has a loyal and committed defender in his squad who won’t be afraid to fight tooth and nail for the club.

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