What Andrea Pirlo, Didier Deschamps, and Unai Emery have said about Adrien Rabiot

The Manchester United transfer strategy – or lack of – which has seen the club target Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is coming under major scrutiny from supporters.

It seems unbelievable that Erik ten Hag picked Rabiot out as a top target, and at this late stage of the transfer window, United’s choices appear extremely limited.

The Guardian report a deal of £15 million has been agreed with Juventus, and for this kind of money, a player of Rabiot’s experience and quality isn’t awful. It just isn’t at all exciting.

The 27-year-old does have plenty of experience, and has worked under plenty of big name managers. Many of them have positive words to say about him.

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What Pirlo, Deschamps, and Emery have said about Adrien Rabiot

The most gleaming praise for Adrien Rabiot came from his former Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo, who should know how to spot a good midfielder.

The 2006 World Cup winner was talked up by Pirlo, who told Sky Sport Italia in 2020: “He is a complete player, I have rarely seen someone so strong both physically and technically.

“He doesn’t even know the potential for improvement he can have, and we work on the mental side of things to make him understand that he is a champion. He is improving game after game.”

His improvement at Juventus led to a recall to the France squad by Didier Deschamps. He told The Independent last summer: “He deserves to be here. He’s reached new levels, he’s more consistent in everything.

“He has always had this technique, but now he also has the volume and aggressiveness.”


As for what type of midfielder Manchester United are getting, his former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery admits there is some conflict over his best position.

Unai Emery, GFFN France: “Rabiot doesn’t really like playing as a defensive midfielder, he likes playing as a box-to-box, but I prefer him as a defensive midfielder.”

There are some good aspects to Rabiot’s game. He is combative, he is an effective passer when he keeps it simple, and he is not afraid to take players on, within his limits.

If new manager Erik ten Hag believes he can work with Rabiot and help improve him, then it is worth being open to the idea of his arrival. There are clearly dozens of better midfielders out there who Manchester United could have targeted, but Rabiot may have something to offer.

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