Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag is on his approach to one thing particular with the Previous Trafford group. Except for the humiliations towards Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool, the membership have gained their first trophy in six years and are nonetheless within the hunt for a complete of 4 trophies this time period.
The Dutchman has made some spectacular signings, with Casemiro and Christian Eriksen bolstering the midfield, whereas defender Lisandro Martinez has been a revelation on the membership.
The Argentine centre-back has obtained a mean ranking of seven.07 by way of Sofascore for his Premier League performances and ranks first within the squad for proper passes per recreation (47.6), second for clearances (3.5) and fifth for each interceptions ( 1,2) and tackles. (1.9).
Regardless of the participant’s spectacular shows, the 7-0 and 6-3 drubbing of their greatest rivals, plus the truth that United have conceded 47 targets in all competitions this season, maybe means that the protection might use enchancment.
If solely the supervisor might have a participant that Sir Alex Ferguson signed in January 2006 on the membership proper now as he would certainly make a distinction – Nemanja Vidic.
How did Nemanja Vidic carry out at Manchester United?
The 36-cap Serbian warrior was arguably Fergie’s greatest defensive signing in his remaining decade in control of the group and he was key to United’s final nice period beneath the Scots.
He made 300 appearances for the Purple Devils and was even referred to as “unbeatable” by Paul Scholes, whereas one other Rio Ferdinand additionally heaped reward on him, saying: “He grew to become a defender to be feared. He might battle with probably the most bodily, he knocked into tackles, he attacked the ball higher than anybody I’ve ever seen. However as he’ll inform you with a smile, he might additionally play with the ball, which made him full and a terrific defender.”
Vidic was even voted the perfect ever Premier League defender in a Twitter ballot by Sky Sports activities Informationto defeat Virgil van Dijk with 54.5% of the vote and it solely reveals good that he actually was.
The keeper averaged a WhoScored ranking of seven.17 or greater within the 5 seasons he performed within the Premier League whereas the stats had been accessible, which is considerably higher than the 6.79 ranking Martinez has managed this time period and suggests the Serbian can be a major improve on United’s present choices in that place.
Think about him in ten Hags again line now at peak. The thought can be unbelievable, primarily based on his spectacular aforementioned stats, and would bolster United’s defence.
Martinez has been good to date, however there may be all the time room for enchancment, and anybody trying to be on the coronary heart of the United protection for years ought to take inspiration from Vidic and all he achieved.