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Manchester United Express Interest In Portuguese Defender: A Move They Need To Make?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to ESPN, Manchester United are among clubs interested in David Carmo. The Braga defender has attracted a lot of attention due to his performances in Liga NOS and was notably courted by Fiorentina and AS Roma in the summer. As it appears, Man United are also in the chase to sign Carmo, although any move in the January transfer window could come at the expense of either Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo.

David Carmo’s Rapid Rise To Prominence

A product of the Braga youth academy, Carmo initially made his breakthrough in professional football at the backend of last season. In fact, he became an integral part of the Braga backline, ending up with 18  league appearances and playing a key role in the club’s third-place finish in the league.

Carmo has eclipsed those performances in the new campaign by building a formidable defensive partnership alongside Bruno Viaba. His contributions at the back have helped Braga in their impressive start to the season that sees them ahead of FC Porto and SL Benfica in the league table.

Overall, the 21-year-old has already made 27 competitive appearances for Braga, and it’s only a matter of time before he establishes himself as one of the league’s most consistent defenders.

What Can He Bring To The Table?

Standing at 1.96m, what makes Carmo such an obstacle for the attackers is his intimidating presence at the back. It gives him a considerable advantage in aerial and physical duels, with the defender notably winning 3.4 headed duels per game with a success rate of 80%. He also has an exceptional success rate of 90% in his tackles.

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However, a key aspect in Carmo’s game is his ability to play the ball out from the back. The 21-year-old is equipped with the technical prowess that allows him to properly assess his passing options while the centre-back is also capable of threading long, diagonal balls – making him quite a well-rounded defender.

Stat courtesy: Whoscored

Is David Carmo A Good Option For Man United?

As Manchester United look to move on from their existing defensive setup by getting rid of fringe players like Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, Carmo could be an ideal signing.

The Portuguese youngster has already shown a lot of quality in Liga NOS this campaign. He can thus provide some much-needed competition to the likes of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, both of whom have struggled to provide the consistency in the Man United backline.

It is also fair to point out that Carmo’s imposing frame, combined with an ability to play the ball out from the back, make him a far better defensive partner for Harry Maguire, whose robust nature brings variety to the backline.

However, it will be a challenge for the Red Devils to secure the services of the FC Braga starlet, who has already attracted a lot of interest from clubs across Europe.

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