Manchester United appear to have chosen the risky approach this transfer window not to pursue any incoming transfer deals.
The club are waiting until the summer, rather than investing in this season and looking to strengthen for the upcoming Champions League knockout stages. It could be a decision the club regret.
It has been frustrating because there are deals out there to be done, no matter how much the club insists the January window is difficult. A move for Bruno Fernandes in 2020 had already proved that excuse defunct anyway.
Sky Sports this week reported Manchester United were ‘closely monitoring’ Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. Clearly not closely enough.
Shortly after, ambitious Newcastle made their move. Sky Sports report a £ 33 million transfer deal for the Brazilian is imminent with the player now set for a medical.
United have been caught napping. The Lyon ace is a player who would improve United’s midfield immeasurably.
The statistics back up what an excellent player Guimaraes is, with six assists to his name already this campaign, he is good on both sides of the ball.
This season Bruno Guimaraes ranks number one in Ligue 1 for passes into the final third (150) and first for successful through balls (10), per FBRef.com.
Guimaraes also ranks as the number one midfielder in France for successful tackles (44) and top three for off-ball pressures (423).
He ranks joint fourth for progressive carries (157), which shows how comfortable he is dribbling the ball forward in addition to his qualities passing it.
£ 33 million is not a lot of money. It is less than United spent on Donny van de Beek, who cannot get a kick at Old Trafford and has played just 69 minutes of Premier League action this season.
Guimaraes would have been an excellent addition at Old Trafford, and United have been caught napping, losing out through a determination not to act, as opposed to showing some determination and drive to actually improve the team in an area which desperately requires it.
United will eventually make a move for a midfielder in the summer, we hope at least. The excuses will be over. But whoever the new manager turns out to be, he will likely wish he had Bruno Guimaraes in his squad to choose from.
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