Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey put in another impressive defensive performance last night against Liverpool to show why he is regarded as one of the world’s elite players in his position.
It was not easy for him at Anfield. A defensive midfielder’s job is made very difficult when his team sets up so negatively. His side struggled to keep possession, rarely venturing forward, and he was repeatedly put under pressure.
Last night at Anfield he was overworked for 90 minutes, plus extra-time, as his side dumped Liverpool out.
Partey is exactly the calibre of defensive midfielder Manchester United need, and should be going all out to buy.
United can offer Partey more
Despite Atletico’s win, United can offer the Ghana international more if we make a move to sign him this summer.
The main reason is the opportunity to play in a team with an explosive attack next season. His Atletico side are functional at best.
Despite having an array of talent in their ranks, Atletico have scored a paltry 31 goals in 29 La Liga games this season. They sit sixth in the table.
This is due to the way Diego Simeone sets his side up, with the defensive approach stifling a group of quality attackers.
It can be effective, as we saw last night, but United can offer Partey something different.
By comparison, United have scored 44 goals in 29 league games this season so far.
For United’s standards, this is pretty low, and its worth noting there has only recently been an uptick in performances since Bruno Fernandes signed.
Next season United’s attack will be even brighter, with Marcus Rashford returning, and potential new recruits like Jadon Sancho, and expectations that a young, prolific striker will be signed.
There is a space waiting in United’s team for Partey, as United seek a long-term successor for Nemanja Matic, regardless of whether the Serbian stays.
United can offer him the opportunity to sign for one of the biggest clubs in the world, test himself in a new league, become the side’s first ever Ghanaian player, and join a side which has the potential to become one of the most exciting attacking teams in Europe.
There’s a lot to like for Partey, regardless of what success he may go on to enjoy in the Champions League this season.
This is a deal within United’s reach. Partey has a release clause of £42 million (50m Euros). That’s a bargain for a player of his quality.
Spanish outlet Cadena Ser even suggested at the start of this month that United were one of two Premier League teams to have been in touch.
Against Liverpool last night, Partey won five tackles, four interceptions, made four clearances and won three aerial duels.
He was outstanding, but for 90 minutes his attacking teammates offered him no respite, giving the ball away repeatedly after he had won it back.
A surprise turnaround in extra-time prompted by a Liverpool goalkeeping mistake turned the tie on it’s head.
Partey is a perfect fit for United. Getting him into the team could even transform us into legitimate title contenders, combined with other attacking signings.
He clearly likes his role at Atletico and has the trust of Diego Simeone, but if he wants to play a different style in a team with more attacking freedom, United can offer it to him.
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