Marco Reus produced a world class performance for Borussia Dortmund last night but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to help BVB into the last four of the Champions League, with Real Madrid sneaking through.
Last winter, David Moyes reportedly met with Reus’ agent as United appeared to start mulling over the idea of a move for the German in this summer’s transfer window.
Such was the dominance of Reus’ performance last night, the first person Moyes should be calling after Manchester United’s clash against Bayern Munich this evening is Reus’ agent.
Reus’ stats from the game last night are superb; three shots, two goals, five key passes, an 84% passing accuracy and two key dribbles. I could go on for some time.
The problem Moyes faces if he wants to aggressively pursue Reus this summer is the fact that United are unlikely to benefit from the fallback of Champions League football next season, unless they beat Bayern later and win the tournament.
Therefore, it’s significant that the United boss has already opened up a dialogue with Reus’ representative that allows him a contact line with the person who could have final say in where his client ends up.
So what exactly would Reus offer United that they don’t already have in the form of Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa or Adnan Januzaj?
A lot of the key characteristics for any creative midfielder are already provided by those three players but the significance for United in signing Reus, especially if they don’t have Champions League football, would be huge.
Reus’ arrival would allow Moyes to create a five man midfield, based around having a duo of Juan Mata and Reus in the middle, protected by someone like Michael Carrick or Marouane Fellaini, with plenty of pace out wide.
However, that would create knock on effects up front with only one striker position available and up to five players looking to fill it; Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck, Chicharito and James Wilson.
If United have a chance to sign someone like Reus in the summer because of Moyes’ intelligence and ability to seize the initiative in terms of creating a relationship with his agent, they’d be mad to pass it up regardless of the complications.