This is not a rumour yet, simply an idea. Manchester United should make a move for Mario Götze.
Mario Götze, once a promising young German playmaker, and hero of the 2014 World Cup Final, has struggled to cement his place in Borussia Dortmund’s lineup in recent years. His career has not lived up to the trajectory many expected, and he’s continued to struggle to find consistent form after returning from Bayern Munich. He’s made just 16 appearances for Dortmund this season, and doesn’t seem to fully fit Lucien Favre’s plans. Götze is still just 27 years old, and is supposedly looking abroad to find more playing time. Perhaps another change of scene is needed.
Götze plays best as a creative attacking midfielder, a position of need for Manchester United. He isn’t as quick as Jesse Lingard, but is a much better distributor. Lingard has largely struggled because of his poor passing, cutting off a front 3 that has played well for the most part. Though Lingard’s movement is a plus, and can cause problems pressing high up the field, it doesn’t matter much when he’s a liability in possession.
Andreas Pereira has also been given several starts at no. 10 this season. He is supposedly a better passer of the ball than Lingard, but we haven’t gotten the chance to see this yet as he’s been too busy trying to break Brett Favre’s turnover record in just one season. His awareness is quite simply atrocious, and despite contributing a couple of nice assists this season, United should be desperately searching for an upgrade. Götze would not only bring more experience and skill than Lingard and Pereira for a quick fix, he could be a bargain option for United in midfield for the next couple of seasons.
What Götze lacks in pace he makes up for in creativity, and with United’s current team that’s exactly what they need most. Their best forward passer, Paul Pogba, has spent most of the season sidelined with a lingering ankle problem. This has placed a considerable amount of responsibility on Fred and Scott McTominay, the latter of whom has also been sidelined for some time with an injury. With Pereira and Nemanja Matić forced into consistent starts, United have failed to establish any sort of midfield control. Götze would bring stability to United’s possession, but most importantly his vision for finding key forward passes could give the Reds a boost in chances on goal.
Götze has just 3 goals and 1 assist in 16 appearances this season. He’s not a natural fit for the 3-4-3 formation that Favre has been using, and is losing playing time to new, more versatile arrivals Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt. Last season however he was a regular contributor from an attacking midfield position, scoring 7 and providing 7 in all comps with a 0.53 xG+xA per 90. For comparison, Andreas Pereira’s is currently 0.38, and Jesse Lingard’s is 0.28. There’s an argument that Bundesliga opposition is not comparable to the level of the Premier League, but there is no denying that Götze’s vision and consistency as a creator is less of a risk than United’s current options. He’s quick to play the through ball, has a decent eye for goal, and unlike Pereira and Lingard is actually capable of completing a pass to his teammates on a regular basis.
Götze may not be as flashy an option as Bruno Fernandes, but he’s an experienced playmaker with valuable experience at the highest level — at a potential bargain price. He recently turned down a contract extension at Borussia Dortmund, meaning that he will become a free agent in the summer when his current deal expires. If Dortmund are looking to possibly cash in before losing him on a free transfer, they may be open to a relatively low fee to sell him in January. Alternatively, United could pay a loan fee to give him a sort of trial run under Solskjaer, and evaluate him for a potential long-term contract offer in the summer.
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