Four stats that could explain £40m Malcom to Man Utd links

Four stats that could explain £40m Malcom to Man Utd links
It’s no secret Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wanted to sign a winger in the summer.
The Croatian international Ivan Perišić – who has been a mainstay for Inter Milan since joining from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg in 2015 – was set aside to be the club’s fourth acquisition following the arrival of Victor Lindelöf, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matić, according to the Manchester Evening News.
However, circumstances beyond his control meant Perišić remained in the Lombardy capital, and Mourinho subsequently had to make do with those already at his disposal, which hasn’t been entirely disastrous as players like Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard stepped up.
But there’s a reason why Mourinho was determined to land the Split-born footballer, it’s because he’s so dissimilar to what he already has. To put it in simple terms: Perišić is an out-and-out winger, and would bring a different dimension to United’s play which of late has been especially predictable.
His quest to sign another wide-forward, if reports are to be believed, is not over. Goal report that, after receiving the green light from Mourinho, the Red Devils will make an opening bid of £40m for Bordeaux forward Malcom, who has been making waves in Ligue 1 this season.
Here are four reasons why United are keen to acquire his services.

Only four players have created more chances in the French top division so far this season

Malcom is capable of playing across the forward line, though he’s best on the right-flank, where he’s able to cut inside onto his left foot (like Arjen Robben). The 20-year-old São Paulo-native has been a creative outlet for a Bordeaux side languishing in 15th place at the halfway stage of this season.
In fact, only four players after 19 matches played have created more chances than him (43); and they are: Dimitri Payet (56), Neymar (54), Florian Thauvin (46) and Julien Féret (44).
His efforts, though, have yielded four assists which is five less than compatriot Neymar (9), whom Malcom dubbed his “hero” after their two sides faced each other at the Parc des Princes in October.

Has completed the fifth most take-ons in Ligue 1 this season

Like any good modern winger, Malcom combines electric pace and guile to great effect. Ligue 1 defences have continually learnt why there’s so much hype surrounding him.
In a division blessed with tricky footballers, the Brazilian stands head and shoulders above most; again, only four best him, this time when it comes to take-ons completed (50).
Neymar (107), understandably tops the list, followed by Nabil Fekir (62), Florian Thauvin (62) and the league’s golden boy, Kylian Mbappe (52).

Has already equalled last season’s goal tally (7) in Ligue 1

For all young footballers, playing time leads to constant improvement. This season marks Malcom’s third in Ligue 1, albeit the second one he’s started from the off, after relocating from boyhood club Corinthians in January 2016 for a reported £4.5m.
Across the 2016/17 campaign he featured in no less than 37 league outings, registering seven goals (one every 392 minutes). A respectable total for a side that finished sixth, which he matched in his first 16 games of this season (a goal every 210 minutes). And there are no signs of him letting up.

Has scored the second most goals from outside the box in Ligue 1

What’s fast becoming a trademark is his mode of scoring. Malcom is not one afraid to shoot when presented with the opportunity, he’s already attempted 41 on goal, building a reputation as a master from long-range.
Of the seven goals he’s scored, all but three have come from outside the penalty area. Only the Lyon striker Mariano has more (5) to his name.
He’s a ferocious striker of the ball, with the ability to control it too with his refined technique. Malcom has become a serious weapon for Bordeaux and would be useful to break the will of sides who sit back (which Mourinho has come across plenty of times in his short United career).

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