Three reasons why Man Utd must sign Nicolas Otamendi

Katie Falkingham takes a look at three reasons why Manchester United should sign Nicolas Otamendi this summer

By Katie Falkingham

He’s better than Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid defender Ramos is rumoured to be just days away from signing for Manchester United, with Los Blancos reportedly wanting around the £40-50m mark for the Spanish international. Otamendi is one of the most underrated defenders in European football, however, judging by last season’s statistics, the 27-year-old is the better option and would therefore be a bargain for Louis van Gaal if the Red Devils can trigger his £35m release clause at Valencia. During the 2014-15 campaign, the Argentine made 111 interceptions, blocked 28 shots and made 267 clearances. In comparison, Ramos made only 114 clearances and 65 interceptions, so would it really be worth spending so much more on the Spaniard when Otamendi is clearly the better option?

He’s an old-fashioned centre-half

As solid as a brick wall, Otamendi is your traditional centre-back. Often compared to ex-United captain Nemanja Vidic, he possesses a no-nonsense style that attackers have come to fear, and with Van Gaal struggling to fill the void that Vidic left when he moved to Inter Milan last year, Otamendi could be the perfect replacement for the Serbian. The Argentine is aggressive, powerful, and a beast in the air, and can be a handful from set-plays, having scored six goals during the last campaign for Valencia. Given that United’s back four only managed five goals between them in the same period, Otamendi is a must-needed addition to the defence at Old Trafford.

He’s used to playing with Marcos Rojo

Otamendi and Rojo are two of the first names on Argentina’s team sheet (after Mr. Messi of course), and after impressive performances at the Copa America this summer, Van Gaal will be keen to see their popular partnership on the pitch at Old Trafford come the start of the season. Otamendi does not hide the fact that he loves playing with his Argentine team-mate, and would relish the chance to play alongside him at club level.

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