Depay or Cuadrado: Who can revive Manchester United's faltering attack?

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Manchester United have been linked with Juan Cuadrado and Memphis Depay in recent weeks, but who would be the better signing?

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello SportLouis van Gaal has sanctioned a mega-money move for versatile Fiorentina-star, Juan Cuadrado. With reports suggesting that Manchester United have weighed in with a whopping £32million bid to secure his services ahead of the upcoming season.

Meanwhile, Memphis Depay is well aware of speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford, although he has sensibly put his future on hold until after the World Cup. Both are currently featuring for their respective nations in Brazil, with Depay starring for the Netherlands and Cuadrado for Colombia 

United were dangerously dependent on the forwards to score last season and Louis Van Gaal will be aiming to encourage added impetus in attack with the addition of goal scoring midfield players. Below we look at the duo's statistics from last season to decide who would be the better signing.

  TeamPosAppsMinsGoalsTotal Scoring AttShot Acc (%)Goal AssistTotal Att Assist
Memphis Depay PSV Eindhoven MF 32 2,694 12 132 48.00 7 86
Juan Cuadrado Fiorentina MF 32 2,697 11 74 42.00 5 60

Both players made an identical number of appearances last season, with just three minutes of game time to distinguish between them. 

Depay outscored the Colombian, notching an admirable 12 goals, and he also registered a greater number of accurate attempts. The Dutch wonderkid has proven his attacking prowess throughout the World Cup, with the statistics revealing his consistency at both club and international level.

He has, of course, added a further two strikes for the Netherlands in Brazil, with Cuadrado contributing on one occasion for his respective side. Both the Netherlands and Colombia have emerged as surprise contenders for success this summer following impressive performances throughout the opening stages. 

 Depay has also earned his stripes in a creative sense, having fashioned considerably more chances than Cuadrado. Whilst only Rooney can claim to have bettered his assist total last season for the Red Devils, he falls far below the 86 scoring opportunities created by the Dutchman. 

  Pass Acc (%)Dribble Succ (%)Dribbles WonFouls WonTackles WonAvg Def Action
Depay 77.00 58.00 101 29 29 1
Cuadrado 86.00 52.00 118 38 38 1

The PSV-man may take the plaudits in terms of his productivity in the final third, but Cuadrado holds the slight edge in terms of his general game-play. He registered a higher pass completion rate last term, whilst completing a greater number of dribbles and tackles. He also drew considerably more fouls than the 20-year-old.

Both would be fantastic additions to Louis Van Gaal's current side - offering a injection of pace and flair on the flanks - yet Depay stands-out as the most attractive option. His goal-to-game return is only slightly more impressive than Cuadrado's, but his creative ability is tremendous in comparison.  

Van Gaal is renowned for his ability when working with youngsters, and this could prove a deciding factor if he eventually has to choose between the two. With a six year age difference seperating the duo, at just 20 years of age Depay holds a formidable monopoly in terms of potential development.

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