Strootman seems set for an Old Trafford move after stories linking him with Old Trafford have increased in number and intensified over the past week, meaning United could soon have their hands on a superb player.
However, Magnus Magnusson, an agent who represents players in Holland, has revealed his worries over the proposed move and has suggested that while Strootman is suited to the Premier League physically, he may struggle with the pressure of playing for United.
“I’ve seen him play many times this season, I spend a lot of time in the Netherlands - Sometimes in Holland, however, when he has been man-marked in games against the smaller clubs, he was outplayed and his effectiveness was nullified,” he told SportsDirect News.
It seems that only in a tactical sense he might struggle at United because the suggestion he’s vulnerable to pressure can be picked apart.
He’s been playing as PSV Eindhoven’s captain. That’s a big responsibility for someone just 23-years-old to bear because PSV are one of the bigger and more historic clubs in Dutch football.
He has a clear chance to prove him wrong at the Under-21 European Championship this summer where he’s going to come up against some very good opponents and some very good systems designed to cope with him tactically.
The Netherlands are due to play Spain, Germany and Russia in group games. Those are all very talented teams and Spain and Germany in particular will focus on tactics to try and give their players an edge.
If Strootman can prove he can be effectively as an attacking midfielder against those teams then it will be further justification for United that it’s a sound investment on their part and an area of his game which is only going to get stronger.
He’s also going to come up against players in direct confrontations in those matches, most notably Isco with Spain and Lewis Holtby of Germany.
Isco is being tipped for as big money move to Manchester City while Holtby has already proven that he can play to a high standard in the current Tottenham Hotspur team.
If he can have more of an effect with the Dutch team than either of those players have with their national teams, it should act as proof that he’ll settle very nicely into life at Manchester United.
It’s also important to note that he’ll be playing with a higher standard of players at Manchester United so his scoring record last season of six goals in 32 league games as an attacking midfielder should only improve and head in the right direction.
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