Comparing Antonio Rudiger’s 2021-22 stats with Man Utd’s current CBs

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Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea against Juventus at Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy on 29 September 2021.

Ralf Rangnick will want to put his own stamp on his Manchester United squad when the January transfer window opens – and Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger has emerged as a surprise target for United’s interim boss.

Rudiger has been in brilliant form for Chelsea since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, playing almost every game under the German coach and helping the Blues to the Champions League.

But Rudiger is currently in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, so could leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2022, and has been linked with a host of European clubs.

United believe that Rangnick, who has worked with Rudiger’s agent and half brother Sahr Senesie, could help sway the defender to Old Trafford.

But would Rudiger represent a significant improvement on the option Rangnick already has at his disposal?

We’ve taken a look at Rudiger’s 2021-22 Premier League stats and compared them with United’s current centre-back options to see whether he would improve the United backline.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Eric Bailly – 1.5 (100%)
Raphael Varane – 1.5 (75%)
Harry Maguire – 1.1 (73.3%)
Antonio Rudiger – 1.1 (73.3%)
Victor Lindelof – 0.5 (71.4%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Harry Maguire – 2.4 (66%)
Raphael Varane – 2.2 (59.5%)
Antonio Rudiger – 1.9 (82.6%)
Victor Lindelof – 1.8 (52.9%)
Eric Bailly – 1.5 (100%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Antonio Rudiger – 1.1
Victor Lindelof – 0.8
Raphael Varane – 0.7
Harry Maguire – 0.6
Eric Bailly – 0.5

Fouls per 90 minutes
Antonio Rudiger – 1.1
Eric Bailly – 1
Victor Lindelof – 0.6
Harry Maguire – 0.6
Raphael Varane – 0.2

Clearances per 90 minutes
Eric Bailly – 4
Raphael Varane – 4
Victor Lindelof – 3.9
Harry Maguire – 3.8
Antonio Rudiger – 2.4

Passing accuracy
Raphael Varane – 87.9%
Harry Maguire – 87.5%
Victor Lindelof – 85.9%
Antonio Rudiger – 85.8%
Eric Bailly – 83.3%

Progressive Passes per 90
Antonio Rudiger – 4.94
Harry Maguire – 2.52
Raphael Varane – 2.5
Victor Lindelof – 1.98
Eric Bailly – 0.59

Goals
Antonio Rudiger – 2
Eric Bailly – 0
Victor Lindelof – 0
Harry Maguire – 0
Raphael Varane – 0


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