STATS: Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan shows why Manchester United are keen

Ilkay Gundogan warming up for Germany

Ilkay Gundogan has been heavily linked with Manchester United for some time and has been proving his worth for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Ilkay Gundogan is free of the back problems which have plagued him since August 2013 and is starting to look more like his old self.

Borussia Dortmund are delighted to have the midfielder back at their disposal and will be wary of asking too much of him too soon.

It may be difficult to keep the 24-year-old on a tight leash, though, as he has slotted seamlessly back into the fold with the Bundesliga outfit.

His performance against Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday was the latest in a string of impressive continental outings this season.

It is on that stage that he has been able to catch the eye and spark renewed talk of a possible big-money move to Manchester United.

It would come as no surprise if the Red Devils were contemplating an approach, with Gundogan seemingly a ready-made successor for Michael Carrick in the ‘quarterback’ role at Old Trafford.

  TeamMatchTotal PassAccurate PassFwd PassTouchesMins Played
Ilkay Gündogan Dortmund Dortmund vs Anderlecht 112 104 38 126 66
Ilkay Gündogan Dortmund Arsenal vs Dortmund 98 86 28 124 90
Ilkay Gündogan Dortmund Galatasaray vs Dortmund 23 21 12 25 21
Ilkay Gündogan Dortmund Dortmund vs Galatasaray 17 17 5 18 27

He is clearly comfortable on the ball and rarely squanders possession.

Gundogan is most comfortable when keeping play ticking over in the middle of the park, but he is also prepared to look forward when the opportunity arises and seek out a killer pass.

To put his numbers into some sort of perspective, here are Carrick’s Premier League statistics in the same areas.

  MatchTotal PassAccurate PassFwd PassTouchesMins Played
Michael Carrick Man Utd vs Hull City 117 108 36 125 90
Michael Carrick Man Utd vs C. Palace 107 95 34 120 90
Michael Carrick Man Utd vs Stoke 90 85 25 93 90
Michael Carrick Southampton vs Man Utd 37 32 13 44 90
Michael Carrick Arsenal vs Man Utd 24 19 8 39 90
Michael Carrick Man City vs Man Utd 21 17 7 30 47

Gundogan would not come cheap were United to make their move, having penned a contract extension in April, and they would not be the only ones looking to snap up one of European football’s top playmakers were he to become available.

He would, however, represent a sound investment for the present and future, with Carrick on hand to help steer him through his early days in England.

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