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Manchester United Identify Another Alternative For Their Midfield: Should Ten Hag Make Contact?

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According to a report from Express, Manchester United have identified another target should they encounter difficulties securing Adrien Rabiot’s signing for the second consecutive summer. In the event that Erik ten Hag‘s pursuit of Rabiot proves unsuccessful, he could redirect his attention to Manu Kone of Borussia Monchengladbach.

Kone’s Impressive Numbers In Bundesliga This Season

Kone has had a brilliant campaign with the German outfit, as he has put in some influential displays defensively in the middle of the park. The French midfielder has found the back of the net on one occasion and picked up an assist over 29 appearances for the Seagulls this season.

The Colombes-born sensation has been reliable in the centre of the park as he has averaged 2.5 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 1.0 long balls and 1.9 key passes per game in the Premier League. He has also been accurate with his ball distribution after completing 87.1% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (stats via whoscored).

Manu Kone linked to Manchester United
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – APRIL 23: Manu Kone of Moenchengladbach runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FC Union Berlin at Borussia-Park on April 23, 2023 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

Should Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Make Contact With The Bundesliga Youngster?

Kone brings flexibility to Borussia Monchengladbach’s setup. Whether it’s dictating the tempo of the game, orchestrating attacks, or breaking up opposition plays with timely interceptions, Kone seamlessly adapts to different roles, making him an invaluable asset to the team.

He also possesses an impressive range of technical skills that enable him to influence matches in multiple ways. His close ball control, precise passing, and vision allow him to pick out key passes and create scoring opportunities for his teammates.

With his exceptional stamina and work rate, he covers significant ground during matches, making important contributions in attack and defence. Kone’s defensive awareness and tactical intelligence enable him to win back possession and effectively disrupt opponents’ build-up play.

At 21, his best years are still ahead of him, and Erik ten Hag would do well to nurture his talent even further. His talent has piqued the interest of several top clubs, including PSG. Such recognition speaks volumes about Kone’s potential and the impact he has made in a relatively short period of time. Ten Hag should consider bringing him aboard, as he could be a decent fit for the Red Devils should Rabiot‘s transfer to Old Trafford turn out to be unsuccessful.

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