You can say one thing about Manchester United’s signings under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – they all want to play for the club.
That hasn’t always been the case, with a few big names arriving for bigger money but without the mindset to excel at Old Trafford. One recent example is Alexis Sanchez, whose time at United looks destined to be a mistake none will be keen to repeat.
That is why talk of a move for Adrien Rabiot makes no sense.
According to the Sun, United are interested in bringing the Frenchman to England. Whether as part of a swap deal involving Paul Pogba or a straight cash move, Ed Woodward should steer clear.
In short, Rabiot is the antithesis of a United signing since Solskjaer took charge.
A contract standoff ensured Rabiot barely featured for Paris-Saint Germain last season. This time round, following a free transfer to Juventus, the 25-year-old has managed just 17 league appearances.
That has prompted talk of a summer exit. But Rabiot comes with the kind of baggage United simply do not need. As reported by the Guardian, the midfielder’s issues off the field have often overshadowed his talent on it.
The problem with swap deals is the fact that at least one player is unlikely to be happy with their role as a makeweight. Too often they smack of two clubs trying to solve their problems when in truth they are creating another.
Just as Sanchez has struggled at United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan floundered at Arsenal.
If United signed Rabiot, he could shake off his issues and finally blossom into the player he was once tipped to be. But that is a risk Solskjaer does not need to take.
The focus should be on players who keep their heads down and play football. If you know the name of a player’s agent and think of their off-field moments before their games, that should be warning enough.