While Manchester United desperately search for midfield recruits, the player they decided to ignore over the summer continues to impress.
Kevin Strootman had attracted numerous headlines during his time at PSV, described as 'The Dutch Roy Keane', with United regularly linked with his services.
Whether the change in manager had something to do with United failing to pursue previously accredited interest is unclear, but ever since he made his debut for Roma after his £17 million summer move, a failure to act has looked like a huge mistake.
Yesterday was a case in point. Strootman starred as Roma demolished Genoa 4-0.
The central midfielder displayed his box-to-box qualities, illustrated in the following key stats from his performance below:
Passes completed - 99
Pass completion ratio - 96%
Key passes - 5
Tackles won - 5
Interceptions - 4
Touches - 117
Talk of buying Strootman this month even ridiculously surfaced in the papers last month, but you imagine Roma wouldn't sell the Dutchman for all the money United could throw at them.
And after all, would he want to join now? While the club focused on Thiago, Fabregas, and ended up settling for Fellaini, forgetting about Strootman is probably the biggest mistake of the lot.
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