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Manchester United: Ibrahim Sangare eyed as Matic replacement

PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare is a name that is ever-present in every single transfer window, although this time, it looks as though he may finally secure a much-anticipated switch to the Premier League and in particular, Manchester United.

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According to a report from Sky Sports, Man United are interested in signing the Ivory Coast international with the 24-year-old said to “have his heart set” on a move to England and is “convinced he will be a Premier League player” next season.

Chelsea are also interested in the PSV midfielder who, in the same report, is said to have a €35m (£29.9m) release clause in his contract.

Matic replacement

Quite simply, the acquisition of Sangare would not only serve as a Nemanja Matic replacement, but an overall upgrade.

The 24-year-old Ivorian has conjured up some stats that would see him rank top of the United squad for defensive actions.

The departing Matic was undeniably underrated at Manchester United and, despite his age, proved himself as the Red Devils’ strongest defensive asset in the engine room, despite being written off on numerous occasions due to his age and lack of mobility.

This season, he ranked top of the tree for interceptions per 90, achieving 2.0 per game whilst also registering 1.2 successful tackles per 90 in a metric that sees him ranked fifth in the squad.

Sangare, who has been dubbed “dangerous” by former coach Aad de Mos comfortably surpasses both of these figures, achieving 2.8 interceptions per 90, whilst drumming up an average of 2.2 successful tackles per game also.

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It’s the same story for accurate passes per 90, with Matic again ranking top with an average of 58.9. The next best in the squad is Fred with a lowly average of 49.9 accurate passes per 90. It will come as no surprise that Sangare yet again tops the ranks with an average of 65.1 accurate passes per 90.

In a way, United can fill the void of both Paul Pogba and Matic in Sangare, who has asserted himself as an outstanding ball-playing defensive midfielder who is ready-made for Erik ten Hag’s system.

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