The Columbian has been subject of transfer rumors this week after appearing to be bidding farewell to the Bernabeu faithfuls after being substituted against Sevilla over the weekend with Manchester United being heavily tipped to be his next destination.
The 25-year-old’s future has been in question throughout the season and now reports from Marca in Spain suggest that United and James have had a gentleman’s agreement over a £42 million switch to the theatre of dreams in the summer transfer window, a move that will thoroughly help United’s renaissance.
The Old Trafford outfit is close to clinching its second trophy of the season under Jose Mourinho but have somewhat endured turbulent times as far as consistency is concerned. The red devils have managed to go 25 games without defeat in the premiere league, a preposterous statistic if you forego the fact that 10 in those games have been stalemates. United have lacked the ability to finish off teams, a factor that has seen them struggle.
With Mhkitaryan, Mata, Martial, Lingard, Pogba, Herrera and Lingard within their ranks, you’d think Mourinho doesn’t need to bolster his attacking options but what James brings into a team is far much more than what United’s current attacking cast have been able to offer Mourinho with the exception of Paul Pogba who has been magnificent despite constant criticism plaguing his debut season in the club.
United have completed 16198 passes in the premiere league in the current campaign averaging a 58.67% possession, only second to city rivals Manchester City but have only managed to score 52 times, the same amount Lionel Messi has managed in all competitions. Even Everton and Bournemouth have outscored United this season.
The impact James Rodriguez would bring to Manchester united goes without saying, he is capable of playing on the right wing, given his excellent crossing ability. In fact, the former Monaco attacker has an average pass length of 16.48m meaning he has the ability of cracking open a defense with a single pass, only Pogba with 17.48m has a better pass length in the united squad.
James’ presence in the united squad could complement Pogba a lot. Though the Colombian prefers the number 10 role, he could force Mourinho to opt for a 4-3-3 system that could see Pogba play in his preferred left central midfield role that saw him excel at Juventus. With 2.10 chances created per game, there is not a single player in the united squad who has created more chances than the Madrid man who has featured and started less matches than the current attacking players in United.
Manchester United are in dire need of a star quality to give their new manager the tools to do the job and at just 25, James has the potential to become one of the best players in the world and a fruitful career still ahead. Perhaps the answer to the prayers of United fans.