first_imgIndeed, his move would only be logical should United play in the right system to maximise Pedro’s ability. If that is not the case, then the team would be better suited investing their money in positions that need to be strengthened, most pressingly in a new striker on the back of Van Persie’s departure and Falcao’s loan move to Chelsea.For more stats on reported Manchester United target Pedro, click here to view his player page Given his position and previous displays for club and country, Pedro can be considered one of the strongest 4-3-3 players in the game. With Depay also joining, Van Gaal could have at his disposal two performers who are perfectly suited to fulfilling the duties of wide players in a front three. The young Dutchman was excellent for PSV last season when cutting on to his right foot from the left wing, matching his statistically calculated style of play of ‘likes to cut inside’.  1 Conversely, Pedro has made a name for himself when starting from the right, though his versatility means he is able to start on the left and through the middle if needs must. However, with some reports suggesting Depay could be used in a front pairing, it remains to be seen how Pedro would fit in at United. Van Gaal, despite a number of underwhelming displays in the system, seems hellbent on making the three-man defensive system for United work.  Ahead of Ángel Di María’s impending move to PSG, Louis van Gaal’s side remain keen to strengthen in attack. Andreas Pereira may have impressed in pre-season, but at 19 years of age, he is not quite ready for regular first team action. As such, Pedro is a player rumoured to be high on Van Gaal’s wishlist. A rating of 6.76 was hardly impressive last season, but having played second fiddle to Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – arguably football’s best attack at present – a lack of playing time contributed to that. In fact, factoring in just his 15 league starts, Pedro’s rating rises to a respectable 7.20. Manchester United transfer rumours: Pedro – Old Trafford-bound? Six goals and six assists in La Liga was also a commendable return given the competition for starting places in his position for Barcelona. However, with Euro 2016 less than a year away, Pedro needs regular first team football if he is to secure a spot in the Spain squad next summer. At United, if he signs, chances are he would indeed secure more game time, possibly in a system that is better suited to him. As things stand, that would see Depay and Wayne Rooney spearhead the attack, with Depay playing a similar role to Arjen Robben at Brazil 2014. If that is the case, and given the personnel at Van Gaal’s disposal, a move for Pedro, especially for the reported €25m fee, would not be the smartest piece of business by United. However, in a 4-3-3 formation, a move for a player of Pedro’s ilk makes sense. A 15.8% conversion rate in La Liga last season is a respectable return from the Spain international and following Robin van Persie’s sale to Fenerbahce, United require another goal getting outlet in the final third. Football statistics experts take a detailed look at reported Manchester United transfer target Pedro. For more Man United stats, check out WhoScored’s Red Devils’ page.Manchester United fans are understandably excited about the upcoming Premier League season. The acquisitions of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin have risen expectations ten-fold, with some suggesting that, given the level of investment, the team should be challenging for the Premier League title next season. However, reports suggest United aren’t quite finished in the transfer market.last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle United sewed up the Championship title on Sunday, beating Barnsley 3-0 to finish above Brighton & Hove Albion and return to the Premier League with a bang on a frantic final day at both ends of England’s second-tier.Brighton finished second after drawing 1-1 at mid-table Aston Villa, while at the other end of the table Nottingham Forest pulled off a narrow escape as 1995 Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers were relegated.Forest looked set for the drop after Blackburn took a 2-0 first-half lead at Brentford, but Britt Assombalonga scored a penalty to put the twice European champions back in the box seat.Chris Cohen doubled Forest’s lead after the interval and Assombalonga missed a second penalty, but made amends with a powerful shot from inside the area to give Forest a 3-0 victory that kept them up on goal difference.Blackburn’s 3-1 victory over Brentford could not prevent them from dropping into the third-tier next season, alongside already relegated Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United.Goals from Ayoze Perez, Chancel Mbema and Dwight Gayle were enough to help Newcastle and manager Rafa Benitez finish a point above Brighton, whose hopes of winning the title were dashed at the death.Glenn Murray put Brighton ahead from the penalty spot but Jack Grealish levelled for Villa in the 89th minute to break Brighton hearts.Both Newcastle and Brighton had already secured promotion before Sunday’s action.Birmingham, who were also in danger of relegation and brought in Harry Redknapp as manager last month to help keep them in the Championship, held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Bristol City to stay up, two points clear of Forest and Blackburn.advertisementReading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Fulham finished in the playoff places and will face off to decide which team wins the final promotion spot to the Premier League.last_img read more