Although the tricky winger is comfortable with his left foot, he is actually right-footed. This ambidextrous nature to his game means Pedro Rodriguez can play on either wing or even fit in as a second striker. Pedro’s off-the-ball runs have the ability to create space for others, influencing without appearing to influence and set patterns of movement that lead to openings. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal would be buying more than goals, assists, dribbles and passes. He’d be acquiring a tool to develop greater collective creativity.
Quickness of thought and quickness in the legs are something that is required in United’s starting line-up. Van Gaal praised both Ashely Young and Juan Mata for their performances last season as the pair produced assists and goals, but to win the Champions League, the Dutchman emphasised the need for speed. Some might wonder why Angel Di Maria cannot provide these qualities. But even aside from any off-the-field issues, the Argentine’s unpredictable creativity is at odds with Van Gaal’s more measured approach.
It’s been one heck of a ride for Pedro so far. While he was able to form a key part of Pep Guardiola’s title-winning machine at Barcelona for a number of years, he also managed to contribute towards Spain’s domination of international football which began back in 2008 at the European championships. In total, Pedro has won 21 honours in his career to date: the World Cup, the European championship, five La Liga Titles, three Copa Del Rey Titles, four Supercopa Titles, three Champions League Titles, two UEFA Super Cup Titles and two Club World Cup Titles. However ,Marca’s recent reports suggest that Barcelona are planning to stall the deal until after the Super Cup over fears of Lionel Messi and Neymar’s fitness following their participation at the Copa America.
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