Chelsea’s Willian would be the perfect fit at Man United

Despite the recent signing of Fred, Manchester United remain keen on fellow Brazilian and current Chelsea midfielder Willian.

What’s the story, then?

The Express reports that Jose Mourinho tried to sign the Chelsea winger last year, but nothing came from that interest.

What makes this current rumour more intriguing is that the Brazilian has been glowing in his praise of the Red Devils signing Fred, the 25-year-old formerly of Shakhtar Donetsk, ironically a club which Willian was a key figure for six seasons between 2007/08 and 2012/13.

When he was asked whether the £47million signing would be a success under Mourinho at Old Trafford, The Express reported Willian as saying “of course, no doubt about that.”

Willian became an increasingly peripheral figure under Antonio Conte with the 29-year-old only making 20 starts in the league last season despite being fit for the majority of the campaign, but still managed to score eight goals in the league.

It was clear that when he did start, Willian brought a level of dynamism to the Blues which for the most part was lacking in their disappointing campaign.

The Perfect Fit

Football transfers are commonly seen as a bit of a gamble, especially if the player is coming from the continent, and questions would abound about how quickly they can adapt to the frenetic tempo of the Premier League.

However, Willian would be a dream fit in many ways for Man United, especially as Mourinho is the manager that brought him to England and won the Premier League with him in 2014/15.

Willian has many of the attributes that Mourinho implores from his players, with his impressive work rate one of his main qualities, however, he also has a touch of class and guile which United was lacking at various times last season.

While their city rivals marched away with the league, Mourinho would be well aware that while his style of pragmatic football is his bread and butter, it certainly hasn’t won many admirers among the Old Trafford faithful.

A balance between defence and attack must be struck for Man United to close the gap on City, and while top clubs are notoriously reluctant in selling to their main rivals, if Mourinho does manage to prise Willian away from West London like he did with Nemanja Matic, it can be a key part in the revival of the Red Devils.