Is Adrien Rabiot the right man to replace Ander Herrera?

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Manchester United’s summer recruitment strategy is all about getting as much bang for each buck spent, which is why the signing of Daniel James and the impending signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been prudently negotiated prior to pen meeting paper.

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The shrewd approach shown by the Red Devils has inevitably linked them with the enigmatic talent of 24-year-old Adrien Rabiot. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, similar to his Manchester United counter-part, Ander Herrera, will be a free agent this summer after the expiration of his contract. With Ander Herrera already released by Manchester United and set to sign a contract with the French champions, it has been rumoured Adrien Rabiot, whose PSG contract officially expires on the first of July, maybe heading the other way.
So, who is potentially getting the better player?
Rabiot, who as a kid had a stint at cross-city rivals Manchester City, is a product of PSG’s youth system and has been a mainstay in the first team since his debut in 2012. However, his PSG career hit a roadblock, after his refusal to negotiate a new contract with the Parisians was not taken well,  he was subsequently left out of their second half of the 2018/2019 campaign. Despite the controversy, Rabiot would be missed at the French capital. Capped 6 times for the French national team, he possesses a fine range of passing from his favoured central-midfield position. He boasts physicality and standing tall at 188 cm, is a monster aerially. His athleticism is a quality that allows him to elude oppositions’ press in midfield and at 24, he still has the potential to improve into a genuinely world class player.
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Ander Herrera, 29, whose qualities much lauded by the United faithful, spent a considerable period of his Red Devil career on the sidelines, due to injury. Whether that was down to rotten luck or being injury-prone is up for the debate but in my opinion Ander Herrera who shown in previous clubs Athletic Bilbao and Real Zaragoza respectively, suited a more attacking position than the robust one he found himself playing in the last three years he served at United.

Conversely, Rabiot would thrive in this role as he has favoured it throughout his career so far, with his standout performance coming against Barcelona in the 2016/17 season in which the French outfit destroyed the Catalonians 4-0 in the first leg. Rabiot displayed all those qualities with a ranged performance breaking the lines of Barcelona’s press with his strong dribbling and technical ability earning him a Man of the Match award.


His average of two goals a season doesn’t show the whole story when it comes down to his overall contributions on the pitch. So, as his potential departure from the French capital looms, his less than amicable farewell doesn’t bode well for his reputation. However, Adrien Rabiot can hopefully start a new prosperous chapter in this young yet enigmatic player’s diary titled, “The Theatre of Dreams”.

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