€40m Manchester United target is La Liga's best crosser - Sign him up Moyes!

Inside Old Trafford

Manchester United like to cross the ball, often not very successfully. So how about signing a player who can?

Manchester United set a Premier League season record with their 81 crosses against Fulham, just 22 per cent of them successful.

Their 716 this season is the most in the Premier League, here's a look at how they compare to the rest of the top seven in the division:

TeamTotal Crosses
Manchester United 716
Manchester City 611
Tottenham Hotspur 574
Everton 560
Chelsea 522
Arsenal 495
Liverpool 442

Yet when it comes to ratio of accuracy, they rank a lowly 16th, and narrowly above only Spurs of the league's top seven sides:

TeamAccurate crossing percentage
Manchester City 26.84
Chelsea 25.29
Everton 23.04
Arsenal 22.42
Liverpool 21.49
Manchester United 20.53
Tottenham Hotspur 20.21

It's not going right for the club, nine points off fourth spot at present, but do they just need to sign a better crosser of the ball?

If that's the route they decide to go down in the summer, then it lends more weight to suggestions they should go after Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic.

The Croatian has a superb crossing rate, in fact it's the best in La Liga. He records an average 2.7 successful crosses per game, more than any United player - Wayne Rooney actually has the best count, 1.4 per game on average.

Rakitic is by nature a central midfielder, which makes him all the more perfect for David Moyes to pursue in the summer, but likes to drift wide and also deliver balls into the box from deep.

He also has an impressive 10 goals and seven assists in La Liga this season, and the 25-year-old international also has a release clause set to expire in the summer of 2015.

While he has said he is happy in Seville, the club have always insisted they will sell at his €40 million release clause, and would surely be tempted into doing so for less this summer.

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