Manchester United are in desperate need for midfield options. However, cut price ones or short term ones. The way they’ve stalled and been so hesitant on a deal for Bruno Fernandes speaks volumes about the ambitions of Ed Woodward and the Glazer family. There’s a complete reluctance to invest appropriately in a squad that really lacks any sort of quality in the centre of the pitch. So instead of signing Fernandes for £50 million, they’ve looked at loan options. One of which is Matias Vecino.
The Inter Milan midfielder has been subject of interest from Napoli and now of course the Red Devils. However according to Sky Sports, the Nerazzurri have rejected United’s loan offer for the 28 year old. They’re looking more for a permanent deal with Napoli, a swap deal with Brazilian midfielder Allan. But there are other reasons why they’re looking at Vecino, apart from the fact he’s cheap.
We’ll give you our profile on the Uruguayan international and, if he does go to Old Trafford, what he would bring to the red of Manchester:
Matias Vecino – Style of Play
At 6ft 2, Vecino is undoubtedly a physical presence in central midfield. His height and strength enable him to drive forward with power, transitioning fast from his own box to the final third. Several times in the video, you can see the former Fiorentina midfielder picking up the ball deep in his own half before quickly driving forward to catalyse attacks. Either building from the back or on the counter.
But alongside the pace and power, the Uruguayan is technically sound. You can see that when dribbles forward, it isn’t reliant on his physicality. More so, his fast feet and ability to drop the shoulder, to get past the press before quickly transitioning into an attack. Vecino looks far more comfortable on the ball and going forward, than a Nemanja Matic for example. That’s emphasised further by the passes he’s playing in the video. Varying from switching the ball to short threaded through balls, going forward, he looks like a creative spark.
Though his finishing isn’t exceptional, the former Cagliari loanee has put the ball in the back of the net when his team have needed it most. He scored the winning goal against Lazio last season, which secured Champions League football for Inter. He also scored an injury time winner against Tottenham in the Champions League earlier this season.
Vecino is a box to box midfielder, shown by his defensive output too. Averaging 2.3 tackles and 2.3 interceptions in the Champions League this season, despite struggling with consistency in 2019/20. This article I found explains in detail why he doesn’t fit Conte’s system and why his positioning is an issue.
Will Inter agree to United’s terms?
As an out and out defensive midfielder, I have reservations. As the article suggests he lacks positional discipline. But as a box to box, he could provide a good short term option while Paul Pogba recovers from injury. Perhaps not much more than that, due to his age and United’s desperate need for an attacking and a defensive midfielder.
Of course Serie A is a much slower paced league than the Premier League. So Matias Vecino may not be able to drive forward with as much ease in England. But he definitely could offer more to the attack than a Matic or Andreas Pereira.
Yet whether the loan goes through or not, it’s up to Inter who look like they prefer a permanent deal with Napoli in return for Allan. United will take anything they can get at this point.
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