Tanguy Ndombele, Lyon midfielder, has cemented his name into the minds of every football fan. A consistent playmaker, he has drawn attention from various top clubs as well as admiration from these teams’ fans – mainly Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City.
Like all outstanding playmakers, he is heavily submerged in transfer rumours. However, according to recent reports, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that United are amongst the bidders for the midfielder.
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This has sent Manchester United fans into a frenzy. The 22-year-old has been linked to United for some time now. After all, reports of Paul Pogba wanting a transfer have had us all on our toes. However, it is highly unlikely that this playmaker will sign for United.
Tottenham seem to be clear favourites to sign Tanguy Ndombele, who would then become their first signing in two transfer windows. Ndombele even said that Tottenham is a “great team and a great club” and stated – “Which player would not be interested by a big club?”
Spurs fans would no doubt be raging at the top management if this signing fails. They seem to be pretty much on a self-imposed transfer ban. Chelsea fans shouldn’t be too worried about their two-window ban. After all, Spurs managed to pull through the same way without having as many players on loan.
However, let us assume that Manchester United do sign Tanguy Ndombele. He would definitely help in United’s somewhat missing connection between the defence and the attack. Throughout the 18/19 season, this has been one of United’s major flaws.
Another flaw has been defensive participation. Defence never starts with the players in the defensive third, but right from the man at the front of the pitch.
Many critics find it easy to lay blame on Manchester United’s defenders. However, in reality, it is the lack of defensive contribution from all the other players. No team should completely depend only on the defenders to protect their goal – this would take us all back to the time before the offside rule was imposed, when the only prevalent football tactic was to “put in the the mixer” – which completely emphasised that players in all positions will remain confined to only those rules.
The entire reason Sir Alex Ferguson is praised because he had the vision to replace this tactic with other tactics pretty well, especially after the introduction of the offside rule. Considering this, it seems somewhat ironic that United are the team facing these problems at the moment. Tanguy Ndombele is clearly seen actively contributing in terms of defence at Lyon and would be a perfect fitting for the role at United.
Assuming they do not manage to land the midfielder, the fans will be looking forward to seeing Daniel James in action. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is another player Solskjaer is desperately trying to land.
The ideal team rebuild would constitute major defensive changes, slight upgradation of the midfield, rethinking attacking-based tactics and improving overall team contribution towards goal build-up as well as defence.
When going by signing of players, the build up Solskjaer seemed eager to carry out seems to be lagging behind. If this is due to the Glazer family, Manchester United’s owners, being unwilling to pay – they will be facing huge fire from the fans who are desperate for a definitive rebuild and to be able to finally sing “Glory, Glory, Man United” at the top of their lungs, watching the boys at Old Trafford carrying the Premier League silverware.