Three reasons why Thomas Müller would be good Man United signing
Three reasons why Bayern Munich forward Thomas Müller would be a good signing for Manchester United this summer
Thomas Müller is as intelligent as they come in terms of positioning and adaptability. Very much an all-round forward, the 25-year-old can be used anywhere across a front four with no adverse effect to his attacking prowess; he is as much of a danger out wide as he is behind the striker or indeed up front on his own. With this, he could be the man to finally nudge stubborn Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal into some tactical flexibility. Where the Dutchman has previously stuck religiously to one formation for a period of time, having a player such as Müller would give Van Gaal the freedom to mix his line-up without compromising or sacrificing any one attacking option. He already has in Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj players who can shift around and still retain something of a threat, but Müller is in an elite league occupied by very few players when it comes to versatility. For the huge price he would surely command, Müller would become one of the first names on the team sheet and it would provide peace of mind to Van Gaal knowing that the German can be a huge danger wherever he is played. Where United’s attacks have become sluggish and stagnant in the latter stages of games this season, Müller’s awareness and adaptability would enable the side to surge forward with fresh momentum when the first course of action is inevitably sussed out by increasingly smart and well-drilled Premier League defensive units.
2) Best yet to come
Despite having been one of the best strikers on the world stage for what seems like an age, Müller is just 25 and shows no signs of slowing in his development. This longevity is evidence of his intelligence, as he continually seeks new avenues in an on-going and unquenchable quest to threaten defences from all angles. Although he undoubtedly has many years left in him, Rooney is fast approaching 30, having been United’s main attacking source for the majority of the past decade. Van Gaal would do well to put the foundations into establishing a new order, with Müller the sort of player who can lead the line in years to come. After bursting onto the scene with a 2010 Golden Boot win aged just 20, the Bayern Munich academy product has been the epitome of consistent ever since and could well have his golden years still ahead of him – especially if he becomes the focal point of an attacking unit as he likely would at Old Trafford.
Germany and Bayern teammates for the past five years, the two displayed their close friendship with a humorous – yet uncouth – interview after lifting the World Cup in Brazil last summer. A reunion between the two players at Old Trafford would have fans salivating, not least because Bayern are widely agreed to have been one of – if not the – most prolific and proficient attacking sides in recent years. Despite not reaching full fitness so far this season, Bastian Schweinsteiger will be hoping to play an increased role in the United midfield as the season goes on, and his performances would be aided to no end by having a familiar face and world class talent in front of him. It may surprise many to know that Schweinsteiger is the first German player to ever feature in a Manchester United first team, and fans will be hoping he has paved a path that Müller will be eager to follow.