Manchester United have recently been linked with PSG’s 21-year-old midfielder Lucas Moura, a man they were in close contact with during the summer of 2012. Now they are seemingly interested in the young Brazilian yet again, with David Moyes looking to strengthen his midfield. Moura plays predominantly on the right for PSG, and has featured 13 times in all competitions this season, scoring 5 times and assisting 5 in the process. Some of Moura’s key strengths include his through balls, key passes, dribbling, taking set-pieces, passing, aerial duels, and his crossing ability.
These are key attributes some of United’s more creative players seem to lack nowadays, and he would certainly give them a much needed improvement, if they were to sign him. He would give them an extra attacking threat, and if need be, he would make himself available down the flank so he can put a cross in for his team-mates.
With the Brazilian being so far unable to cement a starting place at Parc de Princes, David Moyes is hoping that PSG would consider parting with the youngster if the right offer came in for him from Old Trafford. According to some reports, Manchester United manager David Moyes has identified Moura as a player to give his side that extra creative spark they have lacked this season. However, with it being unlikely that PSG will let go of Moura without a substantial bid being made, Moyes may have to look elsewhere for the time being. Moura’s agent Wagner Ribeiro had this to say regarding the player’s future:
“Lucas is not playing as much as we have hoped, that is true, but it’s not part of our plans to leave PSG now. He has had some chances in the team, and we will look at the situation again at the end of the season.”
This may well indicate that there is a good chance that, if the player is not getting the game time he wants at PSG, then he may look elsewhere in the summer, something David Moyes will no doubt be monitoring.
United’s wing play has been generally poor for the last couple of seasons, and barring Adnan Januzaj, who sees himself as a number 10, the wingers are showing no real signs of improvement when they play. They seem to drift in and out of games on quite regular occasions, and United in terms of their wing play aren’t that much of an attacking threat compared to how they were a few season ago.
With Moura predominantly being a winger, should he ever end up at United, he can bring that extra dimension to their attacking game that is currently missing. He would give them an added outlet when going forward, which would provide extra space for the strikers and attacking midfielders to get forward, and he also has the ability to put a cross into the area to try and find a teammate.
So far this season, Moura has a passing accuracy of 87%, but his shot accuracy is just 36%, which suggests that his shooting ability isn’t that great. But with his age, it can only develop and improve with time and practice. His passing ability - as stated earlier - is one of his main strengths, proven by his pass accuracy of 87%.
Whether United do come in with a bid for the young Brazilian, only time will tell, but one thing is for certain, he would give the squad an extra dimension and would improve them quite substantially in terms of their overall play. The final few months of the season in terms of Moura’s game time with PSG will also be interesting, and may be something that triggers a bid from an interested club, or something that decides his future.
The club, player, and agent will all have a say in where his future lies, but he may want to see how he gets on at PSG for the first couple of seasons before making a decision. One thing’s for sure, he is a very talented young player, with a huge amount of potential, and will no doubt be a fantastic acquisition for any club.
Written by Lauren Jenks