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Manchester United Ready To Pounce On This French Midfielder: Should Ten Hag Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Athletic stated that Manchester United are ready to pounce on Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot who is set to become a free agent. It has been stated that the Red Devils are hoping to offer the French talent a chance to join Erik ten Hag’s revolution at Old Trafford this summer.

Rabiot’s Impressive Run Of Form At The Allianz Stadium

Rabiot enjoyed a decent campaign in Serie A as he managed to produce a run of dominant displays at the heart of Juve’s midfield. The France international found the back of the net 11 times and secured six assists in 48 matches for the Turin outfit last season across multiple competitions.

The 28-year-old was a consistent performer in both halves based on his average of 2.0 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.2 clearances, 1.5 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in Serie A. He has also been careful when distributing possession from midfield after making 83.6% of his attempted passes in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Rabiot is under contract at Juventus until the end of this month. Hence, Man United could land him on a free transfer this summer.

Adrien Rabiot
UDINE, ITALY – JUNE 04: Adrien Rabiot of Juventus during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and Juventus at Dacia Arena on June 04, 2023 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Should Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Get Rabiot On Board?

Rabiot is a tough-tackling midfielder who can sense the danger well to secure the ball back for his team in the middle of the park. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive and is a good passer of the ball as well.

The French sensation can contribute by scoring and creating his fair share of goals in the final third and has got a wealth of experience at the highest level. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also feature as a left-winger if asked to do so.

At 28, Rabiot is playing at the peak of his career and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at Old Trafford as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in England.

Rabiot will add more bite and steel to Erik ten Hag‘s midfield and could help the Red Devils challenge across all competitions next season. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for Man United to get the French playmaker on board this summer.

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