Kouadio Kone: Midfielder Manchester United missed out on rips Bayern apart

Manchester United were not the only big team to suffer a 5-0 defeat this week.

United were joined on the wrong end of an unwanted scoreline by German behemoths Bayern Munich.

Bayern were demolished 5-0 by Borussia Moenchengladbach in a German Cup clash, in which stars like Dayot Upamecano, Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry starred.

Usually it is Bayern doing the thrashing, so for them to end up on the wrong end of a heavy score like this was arguably even greater a shock than United’s defeat.

Credit of course lies with ‘Gladbach, whose performance was especially surprising considering they sit 12th in the Bundesliga, although they did beat Dortmund last month too.

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Kouadio Kone, remember the name

The player who sparked ‘Gladbach’s surprise demolition was an exciting midfielder Manchester United missed out on.

Kouadio Kone scored the opening goal of the game, his first for the club in just his sixth start.

If his name is vaguely familiar is is because Manchester United were linked with signing Kone earlier this year.

Footmercato claimed United were ‘very interested’ in signing the young talent from Toulouse.

But just weeks later ‘Gladbach nipped in and signed Kone for just £8 million, sending him back on loan to the French side for the rest of the season.

The central midfielder is now thriving in Germany and showing why he is so highly rated.

Kone, 20, is a box to box midfielder who would have been a potential successor to Paul Pogba, and still could be at international level.

Against Bayern he was dominant, winning 10 duels, completing 6 dribbles, winning two tackles and making three interceptions.

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It was the complete midfield performance, up against the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

For just £8 million, it really does look like Manchester United missed out on a bargain, and in future seasons he will cost a lot more.

Kone would have been a low risk investment, and United might want to consider a few of these in midfield.

This is an area of the pitch where United need to do something to improve, especially considering Pogba’s likely eventual exit.

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