"England could be an option and if I leave Bayern it will be to a different country. But it must be a club that fight for the title."
The fact he mentioned “England” in his interview as a possible destination means United are sure to be linked with Shaqiri, even though it is not certain the Red Devils will compete for the title next term.
Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed he could leave the Bundesliga this summer and Manchester United are on alert as a result - [via Fanatix]— Inside United (@lnsideUnited) May 29, 2014
Shaqiri is a 22-year-old attacker who has already made nearly 200 club appearances in his career. He has played 37 games in Europe, indicating his experience at the biggest stage and highlighting the fact that the winger will have little problem in adjusting to the Premier League.
Shaqiri is a versatile player. He can play all along the attacking line and was deployed in various positions by Pep Guardiola last season. At United, he will probably play on either of the flanks.
Frankly, Shaqiri is miles ahead the likes of Antonio Valencia, Luis Nani and Ashley Young. At present, even Adnan Januzaj is not as good as the Switzerland international. The 22-year-old is known for his raw pace and dribbling skills. He was part of the FC Basel squad that humiliated United in the Champions League 2011/12 season.
Shaqiri has excellent composure of the ball and he can directly run at defenders, something United’s wingers have continually failed to do over the last couple of seasons. He is handy with free-kicks and is a threat from distance. He can cross the ball admirable well and produces very good cut-backs for strikers and midfielders to score.
In 20 appearances in the Champions League and Bundesliga last season, Shaqiri scored six times and provided two assists. It’s a decent record, considering 10 of those appearances came from the bench.
The Swiss was earlier criticized for his negative body language but he has gradually overcome that deficit.
Shaqiri wants more playing time and United want a winger who can score, dribble past defenders and be a bit unpredictable. If the deal does occur it’s a win-win situation for both the clubs.