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Rangers target John Lundstram excelled against Manchester United

Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram has been heavily linked with a move to Glasgow Rangers in recent months and after his impressive display against Manchester United on Wednesday night, you could certainly make the case that he could make a fine addition to Steven Gerrard’s side.

Reports in recent weeks revealed that Lundstram found himself on Rangers’ radar after he rejected a new contract offer at Bramall Lane but, despite their purported interest, a move is yet to materialise.

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The 26-year-old, who has been with the Blades since signing from Oxford United in 2017, is still available for selection, but Chris Wilder recently confirmed that the club expects to sell him in January, with Rangers reportedly among the interested parties.

After a mixed start to the season, Lundstram – who has spent most of his career in England’s lower leagues – delivered another reminder of his talent to Gerrard as he helped the Blades beat the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Per SofaScore, the £7m-rated midfield ace earned a solid 6.7 rating for his efforts, which was better than both Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

During the 90′ minutes, Lundstram made one tackle, two clearances and two interceptions, a tally bettered by only four of his teammates.

Defensive duties aside, he also showed he is prepared to carry the ball forward, as evidenced by his two key passes, a total he shared with former Rangers prospect John Fleck.

Lundstram took 49 touches of the ball, the third-highest out of any Sheffield United player on the pitch, and one more than his midfield partner, whilst he provided the assist to put the Blades back in front after they had been pegged back.

The midfielder produced more passes than Fleck, with 24 of his 34 attempts (71%) finding a striped shirt, albeit both brought a slightly different dynamic to United’s engine room.

On top of this, he also attempted to loft long balls over the top on eight occasions, and although only one found their target, his vision for splitting the defence could make him the perfect fit for Rangers’ squad, as Steven Davis has become renowned for his long-range passing.

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The two clearances and interceptions Lundstram made shows he raised his game against the Red Devils, perhaps with an eye on a possible move, when you consider the fact he currently averages 0.7 clearances and 0.5 interceptions respectively in the Premier League.

Indeed, it’s worth pointing out that this is nearly double the number of clearances and interceptions made by Davis in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, which suggests that he could be a like-for-like replacement for the veteran Northern Irishman if and when the time comes for him to depart Ibrox.

With Bongani Zungu struggling to make much of an impression, coupled with the fact that Davis isn’t getting any younger, Gerrard could be in dire need of some midfield reinforcements in the future, which is why Wilson should consider making a move for Lundstram before it’s too late.

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