Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund star, but is he better than the man he replaced at Signal Iduna Park?
With the revelation of Marco Reus’ release clause at Borussia Dortmund, links of a January transfer to Manchester United have been doing the rounds in the British press.
With the Premier League champions eager to add creativity to a midfield that has received criticism for being too one-dimensional, the Germany international is being touted as the man to reinvigorate the Old Trafford first team.
With Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young failing to capture the imagination with inconsistent performances, Reus’ signing would certainly add quality to David Moyes’ options in wide areas.
Ironically, the former Borussia Monchengladbach man was signed by Dortmund to replace current Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa.
Rumblings of a return to the Bundesliga club for the Japan international have appeared, which begs the question; would Reus make more of an impact that Kagawa has?
United should certainly think twice about allowing the Japanese to leave Manchester, as he has not yet been given a fair crack of the whip in England.
He showed what he is capable of in fits and starts last term, but has largely been forced to watch on from the sidelines this season under Moyes.
Kagawa shone at Dortmund in a number ten role, but has been forced to play in a wide position due to the presence of Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.
Although not his favoured position, Kagawa has still done more to suggest that he should be in the team regularly on the wing than Valencia, Young or Nani.
Reus would be an excellent addition for United if he was available, but swapping Kagawa for him could well be a mistake.
Kagawa needs more time to prove himself in England, and yet could be a star for David Moyes’ men if given the chance to play regularly – even out of position initially.
Reus would pose a different threat to the current United widemen, and playing him on one wing, with either Kagawa or Januzaj on the other could be the key to adding creativity and attacking intent to the team.
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