Why Mathias Normann could be a good signing for Manchester United
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Manchester United are keeping tabs on FC Rostov midfielder Mathias Normann ahead of a potential January swoop. Tottenham and Sevilla are also among those monitoring the Norwegian, who is valued at up to £20m by the Russian club.
Mathias Normann, 23, was signed by Brighton in 2017 but failed to make a Premier League appearance before he left to join Rostov in the January transfer window. He has three assists and one goal in 11 appearances this season, winning the Russian Premier League Player of the Month for September.
Manchester United have one considerable advantage too. Normann worked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during a loan spell at Molde and a reunion at Old Trafford could be a dream come true.
Solskjaer has come under huge pressure following Manchester United’s worst start to the Premier League in 30 years. Despite spending a lot of money in the summer, the club need to spend a lot more if they’re to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool in the years to come.
The Red Devils currently sit 15 points behind leaders Liverpool already after just eight matches. Solskjaer’s side find themselves particularly short of attacking options and lack the squad depth to even compete for a top-four spot this season. The club will continue their recent preference of signing younger players but they insist they are not limiting themselves to solely British talent.
United are crying for midfield reinforcements following the departures of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini earlier this year. With Fred, Andreas Pereira and Nemanja Matic struggling in the initial games of the season and Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford still up in the air, the addition of Mathias Normann in January would be welcome.
Normann usually operates as a defensive midfielder for Rostov, offering protection to the backline. In terms of his attributes, he possesses a fantastic passing range and never hesitates to stick his leg out to haul the opposition’s advances. The Norway international can protect the ball, break up play, recycle possession as well as pick out a pass in the final third.
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The 23-year-old is a player who could make a massive impact at United, chiefly because of the way they play. His quality on the ball in the midfield can quantify the runs made by the likes of Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Normann reads the game well off the ball and is capable of making late runs into the box if playing the advanced midfield role.
Thus, we can conclude by saying that Solskjaer’s United must definitely look to bring in the talented Normann in the New Year to improve their top-four hopes.