Manchester United would gain a winning mentality with Blaise Matuidi swoop

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According to French publication Le Parisien, Manchester United want to sign Blaise Matuidi this summer and they have “come forward” with interest, along with Everton.

What’s the word?

The report claims that United will have to fend off competition from the likes of Everton, PSG, Monaco and Lyon if they want to sign the 32-year-old.

However, it adds that Juventus are currently refusing to accept any offers for the France international and have “no intention” of letting the midfielder go in the summer transfer window.

Title-winning experience

Whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly intent on rejuvenating the United squad this summer with a host of young players being targeted, the team is surely crying out for someone of Matuidi’s experience and maturity.

The France World Cup winner has been there and done it all at both club and international level, and has shown he can compete with the best in the world in his time at PSG and Juventus.

After arriving from Paris in the summer of 2017, Matuidi has been a part of the dominant Juventus side that has won the Serie A title in both of his seasons at the club, and he could offer some real know-how to the United midfield.

His dynamic style of play and energetic approach ties in well with Solskjaer’s philosophy of wanting to press high up the pitch, meaning the Frenchman would seamlessly slot into that central midfield role. Despite being 32, Matuidi has not regressed at all over the past couple of seasons – racking up 88 appearances – and could be a major part of the engine room alongside Nemanja Matic.

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Ander Herrera’s departure this summer has left a big hole in the Red Devils’ midfield options, and they are now lacking some tenacity and grit, but a swoop for Matuidi would certainly remedy that.

Perhaps just as important as his actual quality on the pitch though is the real winning mentality he would bring.

Aside from winning the World Cup, the Frenchman has won multiple league titles and domestic cups wherever he’s been and as United look to bridge the gap to the top sides, Matuidi could add that sprinkle of success they need.

Article title: Manchester United would gain a winning mentality with Blaise Matuidi swoop

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