1,078! - United midfield target is best passer in the Champions League

Toni Kroos has completed more passes in the Champions League than all but one of Manchester United's midfielder's have in the Premier League.

Manchester United have never really replaced legendary midfielder Paul Scholes. At the moment they have nobody with the passing proficiency and desire to get on the ball that Scholes provided.

But they have been linked with a player very much in the Paul Scholes mould.

Since the turn of the year Manchester United have been heavily linked with a summer move for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos

It all started when David Moyes was spotted taking in a Bayern match in January - sitting alongside the German international’s agent.

When it emerged Kroos’ contract talks over an extension to the final 18 months of his current deal had reached a stalemate it seemed he might just be on the way.

Moyes may be gone - but the interest in his services remains - regardless of Bayern making it clear he will not be going anywhere until 2015 at the earliest.

Kroos was however a big player at Bayern Munich during Louis Van Gaal’s era and he is the favourite for the United job after Moyes’ dismissal.

So his signing really is still on the agenda.

And he truly is the passmaster.

This Tweet tells you that story…

Kroos has completed more passes than any other player in the Champions League this season - and although second place Xavi has played two less games, it is still a very impressive record.

Compare his completed passes in the shorter Champions League to that of Manchester United's midfielders in the Premier League - and it really is quite shocking when you look at it.

  Accurate PassAppsMins
Michael Carrick 1,608 26 2,188
Tom Cleverley 1,019 22 1,579
Luis Antonio Valencia 832 27 1,849
Juan Mata 684 13 1,075
Marouane Fellaini 672 15 1,016
Shinji Kagawa 539 16 1,035
Darren Fletcher 482 10 599
Adnan Januzaj 405 24 1,422
Ashley Young 331 19 963
Ryan Giggs 223 11 483
Nani 217 10 508
Anderson 98 4 155

Only Michael Carrick has made more passes in a vastly superior amount of playing time.

A player like Scholes comes along every once in a while - but Kroos has similar talents and skill sets to the great midfield maestro - and might be the only man capable of doing a similar job.

The evidence is there to see - should United make him their number one target?

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