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Manchester United’s midfield target analysed: Harry Winks vs Scott McTominay

Manchester United’s season has been far from perfect.

With an insurmountable deficit between themselves and league leaders Liverpool, and a place in next season’s Champions League far from certain, it’s safe to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure.

A rather big part of the club’s problems this season lies in the middle of the park.

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When we crunch the numbers, we can see that the only midfielder with a somewhat significant contribution Scott McTominay, with three goals to his name prior to the clash with Norwich City.

For that reason, reinforcements could be needed, especially if they lose Paul Pogba this month amid suggestions Real Madrid are preparing a bumper offer for the World Cup winner.

But a new midfielder could be on his way to the club. According to The Athletic’s report earlier this week, the Red Devils are targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks.

McTominay might be the only shining light of Solskjaer’s midfield but if United want to improve they’ll need to sign an upgrade on the Scotsman.

But when we take a look at Winks’ stats, it appears he wouldn’t be the upgrade they need.

When it comes to defensive attributes, McTominay edges his counterpart in every important category.

United’s all-action midfielder has averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.6 clearances per game, as opposed to Winks’ 1.4 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 0.7 clearances per game.

But that is not nearly the only thing.

Perhaps more importantly, McTominay wins an impressive 8.2 duels per game, completely outshining Spurs’ midfielder who sits on 3.6 per game.

Pair that up with the fact that the Scottish ace is harder to dribble past – with his opposition succeeding at that only 0.7 times per game while they run past Winks 1.2 times per game – and you get the full picture of why this reported deal doesn’t make sense.

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It has to be said, however, that Jose Mourinho’s player is slightly better on the ball, averaging 90% passing accuracy compared to McTominay’s 79%.

Still, that hardly makes up for the deficiencies across the board and perhaps Solskjaer should turn his attention towards an alternative target.

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