4 assists in 6 games: The £17m midfielder Manchester United should have signed

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Manchester United's decision to pass over Kevin Strootman this summer is not looking so shrewd.

Manchester United were prominently linked with signing Kevin Strootman over the summer, but ended up paying £10m more to sign Marouane Fellaini instead.

How's that working out?

It's early days, but if we are judging on what we have seen before us so far, not so well. At least nothing to suggest Fellaini is worth considerably more than the Dutchman.

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Kevin Strootman signed for Roma mid-summer in a deal worth £17m. Coach Rudi Garcia this week told L'Equipe that the midfielder had taken some convincining, but he is certainly worth the effort.

Strootman has played six Serie A games to date, providing four assists; only Francesco Totti with six has made more goals. The highest any Manchester United player has in the Premier League is Wayne Rooney with two.

He has helped Roma's renaissance, they are flying high at the top of Serie A with seven wins from seven games, 20 goals for, and one against; a tremendous record.

While he has a single goal to his name also, it is his all round game where he is having an impact rather than just offensively. Strootman leads the Roma team with 3.3 tackles per game, higher than any Manchester United player who has played in more than one game.

Strootman also has an 87 per cent pass completion rate, narrowly below Cleverley, Fellaini and Carrick, whose figures are all 90 per cent plus. However his 'key passes' of 1.8 on average per game eclipses all three of the United players, Carrick highest with 1.3.

It is of course early days and the time to judge whether United really should have bought Strootman will be assessed upon his overall impact in a couple of years, but if we had to make an observation now - it's that Ed Woodward and David Moyes should have put their efforts into signing the Dutchman rather than wasting their time going after Cesc Fabregas.

What do you think? Will Strootman prove to be a glaring miss by United?

 

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