Man United transfers: January signing? ‘One of the most difficult players to stop in Serie A’

first_img1 WhoScored.com take a look at a player heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. Check out lots more Red Devils stats at WhoScored.com.Having been linked with a move for Juan Guillermo Cuadrado over the summer, Manchester United are supposedly set to firm up their reported interest in the Colombian once the transfer window re-opens next month. United are tipped to spend big in the New Year as they look to return to the Champions League and the acquisition of a player of Cuadrado’s calibre would send a real statement of intent to their Premier League rivals.Many believe the attacker has been the Viola’s best performer this campaign and his WhoScored.com rating (7.52) – the best of every Fiorentina player – reinforces this. Following Louis van Gaal’s decision to revert back to a three-man defence, the United boss could utilise a player of Cuadrado’s attacking quality.In his favoured 3-4-1-2 formation, Van Gaal has recently deployed Antonio Valencia as a right-wing back and while the 29-year-old impressed in the recent 3-0 win over rivals Liverpool, Cuadrado would offer a stronger attacking threat than his Ecuadorian counterpart.With the Fiorentina regularly deployed in a more advanced role in Serie A this season, Cuadrado has contributed to six league goals (three goals and three assists) for the Italian side. It’s a notable haul for a team that has scored just 20 league goals this season and is a marked improvement on Valencia. The 29-year-old’s assist for Wayne Rooney’s opener at Old Trafford on Sunday was his first of the season, while he is yet to find the back of the net for United in the league this term.Cuadrado’s greatest weapon in his arsenal is his speed and ability to carry the ball forward. The Colombia international has developed a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’. Only six players in Serie A this season are averaging more successful dribbles per game than Cuadrado (2.7), while that figure is better than every United player.Importantly, though, Cuadrado knows how to maximise his time in possession. Compared to all Manchester United players in the Premier League this season, only Ángel Di María (2.8) is averaging more key passes per game than the 26-year-old (1.9). Meanwhile, only Perparim Hatemaj (63) has been fouled more times in Serie A this term than Cuadrado (58). Opposition sides have clearly identified the Colombia international as Fiorentina’s most dangerous player and strive to limit his influence when he attacks, though that is to little avail.Once he gains a head of steam, Cuadrado is one of the most difficult players to stop in Serie A. In the 3-4-1-2 formation that Van Gaal has recently reverted back to, his offensive ability can be utilised and provide another attacking threat from deep. With an average of 1.3 tackles per game, Cuadrado does not shirk from the physical aspect of the game, which would help him adjust to the rigours of the Premier League.While a centre-back is likely to be a priority when the transfer window opens for United, they would be foolish to turn down the chance to sign Cuadrado should the opportunity present itself in January.For more stats on reported Manchester United target Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Juan Cuadrado last_img

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