Should Man Utd Forget Willian And Go After Juve’s Paulo Dybala Instead?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho always likes to bring in players that he has worked with before, as they’ve already gained his trust and know how he works.

At United currently he has Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata at the club that he’s worked with elsewhere, plus he also had Zlatan Ibrahimovic (who he worked with at Inter Milan) at Old Trafford until very recently. Paulo Ferreira and Maniche both played for him at both FC Porto and Chelsea. Michael Essien had stints with the ‘Special One’ with at Stamford Bridge and at Real Madrid.

Then there’s Ricardo Carvalho who has won league titles in Portugal, England and Spain under Jose.

We know Mourinho likes hard working players who will do as they’re told.

Chelsea forward Willian fits the bill, even when it seemed like Jose had lost the Chelsea dressing room in 2015 Willian was the one player that gave his all in every game.

The Brazilian hasn’t been used quite as much this term under Antonio Conte at the Bridge and reports now suggest that United could go in with a bid in the summer. If Chelsea fail to finish in the top four then they could be looking to rebuild their squad, so they might be interested in selling a few players in preseason.

The links make sense, especially if Mourinho is ready to let Mata leave Man Utd in the summer.

But I wonder if United would be better off looking for someone with more potential and that has more of a goal threat.

Willian will be thirty years of age next season, maybe this Red Devils team needs another younger player that has the qualities to change big games.

For me, I think Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala could be an ideal signing for United in the summer.

The Juve man scored a hattrick this weekend and he now has twenty-fives goals in thirty-eight appearances for the Italian champions, so far this season.

Now the Argentine might not offer the same discipline as Willian in the forward areas but when you look at Man United this term then you’ll have noticed that they are superior when they play with creative freedom and don’t sit back. That might go against Jose Mourinho’s instincts but he must’ve seen yesterday as his team fought back to beat rivals Manchester City that they need to attack more as that’s there best way to victories in the bigger games. Plus Paulo can still be feisty and put some challenges in when it’s needed.

Dybala isn’t an out and out striker, he plays more as a number ten behind a big frontman. We know Romelu Lukaku can run into the wings or come deep to win flick-ons, so Dybala could relish the space that the Belgian hitman creates in games.

At twenty-four years of age, Dybala is still improving and has not reached his peak yet. To have him, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Lukaku and Paul Pogba in the same squad would be mouth watering. He’s already worked with and friends with Pogba.

Now I wouldn’t be too worried about his lack of caps for his homeland, he plays in a similar position to Lionel Messi and no one is going to push Messi out of that team at the moment.

Unlike Mata and Jesse Lingard who can play in that hole role at the moment for United; Dybala offers more goals, creativity and pace in that area. His close control of the ball is majestic and he’s a wizard in set-piece situations.

Now while I admire Willian and would understand why Man United boss Jose Mourinho would be interested in his signature, I truly think that going after the more expensive Paulo Dybala would add more excitement for United fans, more goals for the team and show more ambition from the club!

If you need a recommendation then legendary Juventus and Italian maestro Alessandro Del Piero believes that Dybala is a star that keeps getting better:

“Every year he’s moving up a level,”

“He’s a very good guy and an incredible talent. We don’t need to mention his quality. What I saw every year is that he’s growing. Maybe this year is the year for him.”


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