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Manchester United Set To Move In For This Ligue 1 Defender: What Will He Bring To Old Trafford?

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In a recent report, Tuttomercatoweb claimed that Manchester United are set to move in for AS Monaco defender Axel Disasi. It has been mentioned that the Red Devils are eyeing a move to secure the services of the French centre-back.

Disasi’s Impressive Run Of Form In French Football

Disasi has enjoyed a decent campaign at the French club as he has managed to put in a series of impressive displays at the heart of Monaco’s defence. The 24-year-old has registered three goals and four assists in 25 matches for the French club this season across all competitions.

The Gonesse-born talent has given a good account of himself on the defensive third of the pitch based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 2.0 interceptions and 3.1 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the back after completing 82.5% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Disasi is under contract at Monaco until the summer of 2025. Hence, the Red Devils will have to make a sizable offer if they are serious about bringing the French defensive ace to Old Trafford this month.

Old Trafford
Old Trafford

What Will Disasi Bring To Manchester United?

Disasi is a decent tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team on the defensive third of the pitch. He usually clears the danger when the opposition attackers are on the front foot. Disasi is primarily a central defender but can also fill in as a right-back if his manager asks him to do so.

The Monaco defender can even play his way out from the back and can contribute by scoring and creating his fair share of goals in the final third. However, there are some question marks over whether he has what it takes to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football.

We can expect Disasi to enhance the quality of Erik ten Hag‘s defensive department and could help the Red Devils challenge for some top honours over the next few years.

At 24, Disasi has his best years ahead of him which makes him a good option for the Mancunian club to consider this year. He will bring a lot of bite and steel to Man United’s backline and could serve as an ideal backup to Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez at Old Trafford.

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