Phil Thompson comments on Manchester United linked Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

Is Arturo Vidal still exactly what Manchester United need?

Arturo Vidal starred on the big stage as Juventus won their Champions League first leg against Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

The Chilean was the subject of intense transfer speculation last summer, with Spanish newspaper Marca even reporting he was packing his bags in preparation to move to Manchester United.

The Italian champions were able to hold onto him, and his display against Dortmund helped them win, but it was a bit of a mixed bag from the 27-year-old.

He was criticised by former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson on Sky Sports Soccer Special, who said:

"He walks around as if he's a real hardman, and two of them have been real bully boy tackles."

Vidal's performance was not his greatest from an attacking perspective, having to dig in as Juventus secured a home victory, despite conceding an away goal.

  TeamShotsTouchesAerial Duels WonKey PassesAccurate PassesWon TacklesMins Played
Arturo Vidal Juventus 0 57 2 1 25 4 86

He won four out of his five tackles attempted, and was booked during the contest, in which Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata scored, with Marco Reus netting for the visitors.

His passing was particularly poor however, recording a pass completion rate of below 70 per cent. His season average is 84 per cent.

He has six goals in total this campaign for Juventus, with two assists. A speculative report in The Star only last week claimed Manchester United's interest could be rekindled, with the player claimed to be keen.

What United need to do is study this performance, as he won't turn in many less effective displays from an attacking perspective, and work out if even playing like this he would be an asset to their side, and whether they would benefit from his enforcer like presence and 'bully boy' tackles which Thompson described.

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