Manchester United line up 16/17 assist machine to boost title bid

By Mark Peters IN Bundesliga,General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 27th 2017

Although their 2016/17 Premier League campaign was a disappointing one, success in the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League ensured that the current crop of Manchester United players developed a taste for success.

Consequently, Jose Mourinho will expect nothing less than a title challenge next season, particularly now that he has added the goals of Romelu Lukaku to his squad.

The Red Devils’ Portuguese manager is still hoping to secure a midfielder and a winger before the transfer window slams shut, with reports in the Daily Star suggesting that a £44.6m bid for Emil Forsberg is being prepared.

EMIL FORSBERG

Despite being right footed, the 25-year-old usually operates from the left for RB Leipzig, cutting inside and allowing space for his full-back to overlap.

Although last season was the Swedish international’s first in the Bundesliga, he took to the competition like a duck to water, weighing in with plenty of goals and assists as his team secured an unexpected runners-up spot behind Bayern Munich:

Emil
Forsberg
versusIvan
Perisic
MIDPOSITIONMID
25Y 9MAGE28Y 5M
5FT 10INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
12ST 3LBWEIGHT12ST 3LB
 
BL | RBL | | INT | SA
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
26
STARTS
31
2341
MINS
PLAYED
2756
8
GOALS
11
19
ASSISTS
8
5
OPENING
GOALS
2
3
WINNING
GOALS
4
4
HOME
GOALS
5
4
AWAY
GOALS
6
HEADED
GOALS
1
L
2
R
3
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
6
R
3
293
MINS
PER GOAL
251
2
TOTAL
8

Another reported target, Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, was similarly effective in Serie A last term, though bringing the Croatian to Old Trafford has proven difficult enough for Manchester United to seriously weigh up alternative options.

A hard-working individual with a desire to improve, Forsberg creates chances for fun, almost doubling the number of assists of his closest Bundesliga challengers in 2016/17:

Emil
Forsberg
versusOusmane
Dembele
MIDPOSITIONMID
25Y 9MAGE20Y 2M
5FT 10INHEIGHT5FT 10IN
12ST 3LBWEIGHT10ST 3LB
 
BL | RBL | | BVB | BL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
26
STARTS
20
2341
MINS
PLAYED
1864
8
GOALS
6
19
ASSISTS
10
5
OPENING
GOALS
1
3
WINNING
GOALS
4
HOME
GOALS
4
4
AWAY
GOALS
2
HEADED
GOALS
1
L
2
R
3
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
2
R
3
293
MINS
PER GOAL
311
8
TOTAL
1

The chance to join one of the world’s great clubs is one that the 25-year-old is likely to jump at, though his current employers are not going to want to lose such a star performer.

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