It’s unfortunate that the team which got Monaco promoted back to the top flight of French football is being torn apart all over the place, as they look to spend cash freely to break the dominance of PSG in the French game.
That’s good news for any side looking to poach one or several of those players and it’s not been better demonstrated than the imminent free transfer of Nampalys Mendy to Manchester United.
Mendy played over 30 matches for the club last season, a high number for a 20-year-old who has proven that he can take a lot of pressure at such a young age. Here are five positives for United in signing him.
He’s a defensive midfield player and that’s a position United currently don’t have covered in their current squad.
It allows Moyes the freedom of being able to play a 4-5-1 or a 4-3-3 because he can sit and protect the back four while the more creative and attacking players can flood forward and support the strikers.
His presence allows Phil Jones to settle back into the defence where many see his long term future at United.
He can settle as a centre back when Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic aren’t available and he can also cover at right back. There won’t be that pressure on him to keep key midfielders in the opposition quiet.
Mendy has recently tasted success in a championship winning side as Monaco were promoted last season.
He has that winning mentality which is important for any player joining United at such a young age. He should know the sort of expectations that playing for a championship winning side entails.
He takes a world of pressure away from Michael Carrick who was seen as the player last season who broke down the opposition when they had the ball.
Carrick can sit slightly higher up the pitch and do what he does best; intercept, cut off the angles and put in tackles. That gives United a better chance of winning the ball back in their opponent’s final third, giving them the chance to maintain pressure.
His transfer should be unopposed because the other big sides in England seem preoccupied with spending a lot of cash.
United will have to compete in that respect but snapping up Mendy on a free means the club can divert a much larger percentage of fees into an area that David Moyes may see as more relevant such as trying to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.
How do you think Mendy will settle in or play at United?
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