Adrien Rabiot: Class and Elegance brought to Manchester
The Frenchman will join new Ten Hag`s United
Manchester United is close to signing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot for an unknown official fee, which probably will be around the player's market value of 20M Euros.
Despite the fact that the new Erik Ten Hag`s United is just beginning to form, last Saturday's 2-1 loss against Brighton in Old Trafford was huge advice for the Dutch manager: The team needs steel need signings, especially in the midfield area.
The only central midfielders they have are Fred, Scott McTominay, and Donny Van De Beek. The two first mentioned were the starter's last match. The Scottish role was to press up on the pitch while the Brazilian waited behind him to secure his back. But none of them worked, and Brighton managed to get a win in Manchester.
Still having hopes about Frenkie De Jong, but knowing of the difficulties to sign him and the huge fee Barcelona put on the Dutchman, Ten Hag called for another option and found Rabiot.
Developed in the PSG academy, the French can play in both central and defensive midfield and bring elegance with his first touch, possession with ball control, and the stamina needed to reach the up-pressing the manager wants during the 90 minutes.
This comes with the intelligence to defend, pass the ball and occupy spaces in a better way than Fred and McTominay. In the offensive part, the consequences of starting Rabiot will be positive: More connection with Bruno Fernandes and good through passes to Sancho and Rashford.
Adrien has the necessary experience to play in a huge club like ManUtd. He got called up by Deschamps for 29 international matches with France, where he scored twice. Also, the midfielder was on the list for the world cup winning team of 2018, but he decided not to go to Russia in order to avoid being on the bench.
Fans and Ten Hag hope his signing can get Red Devils finally on track, and fight for both Premier League and Europe League this season.