Reports this morning have suggested that Manchester United will focus on Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin after failing in attempts to lure Toni Kroos away from Bayern Munich.
Guarin was a name regularly linked with the Old Trafford side during the David Moyes era and it’s re-appeared with Louis van Gaal thought to be interested in the Colombian star.
The Express suggests that the interest from LvG is down to a single, specific reason relating to Guarin’s attacking play.
“Colombia international Guarin has attracted van Gaal's interest due to his direct style of play,” reports the Express.
Guarin’s passing stats from Serie A last season suggest that in one sense, he can be competitive in terms of direct balls.
He had an average of 1.9 long balls per game in Serie A, which is decent but nothing compared to the six per game that Michael Carrick averaged in the Premier League.
What the paper is more likely to be getting at is van Gaal being impressed by the direct way Guarin goes about his business in the middle of the pitch.
The performance at Everton last season showed United sometimes struggle when they have to build up an attack, rather than using pace to move the ball up front quickly.
Guarin is a no nonsense, forward thinking style of midfielder who would aid United’s ability to turn defence into attack within a second.
It’s an interesting claim from the Express considering the report is based around Guarin as an alternative option to Bayern’s Kroos.
Kroos is a measured, calm and patient midfielder who often sits a little deeper behind Bayern’s attack thus suggesting that he and Guarin are two very different players.
It should be encouraging for United that they’re reportedly focusing on a player like Guarin because of that no nonsense attacking style, over a more measured and patient passing game.
United already have patient and creative ball players, what they don’t have is someone to grab the attack by the scruff of the neck and drive the team forward.