Comparing Ruben Neves’ 21-22 stats to Man Utd’s current midfielders

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Wolves' Ruben Neves playing against Manchester City in the Premier League. Etihad Stadium. December 2021.

After impressing in Wolves’ 1-0 win over Manchester United, Ruben Neves could now be heading to Old Trafford on a permanent basis.

According to talkSPORT, United could try and sign him during the January transfer window, but Wolves would demand a fee in the region of £50million.

The Portuguese midfielder has been doing well for the Midlands club this season. He has featured in all but one of their games, often alongside compatriot Joao Moutinho, and has helped them to eighth in the Premier League, just three points off United, at the time of writing.

He offers a passing quality and deep midfield control to Bruno Lage’s side and showed that with his performance at Old Trafford in early January.

But would he be a significant upgarde on United’s current options?

We’ve compared his 2021-22 Premier League stats to the corresponding stats of United’s current central midfield options. Note: we’ve not included Donny van de Beek or Jesse Lingard due to their lack of minutes this season.

Goals
Bruno Fernandes – 5
Fred – 2
Scott McTominay – 1
Ruben Neves – 1
Paul Pogba – 0
Nemanja Matic – 0

Assists
Paul Pogba – 7
Bruno Fernandes – 3
Nemanja Matic – 2
Ruben Neves – 1
Fred – 1
Scott McTominay – 0

Mins per goal or assist
Paul Pogba – 90.5
Bruno Fernandes – 188.3
Nemanja Matic – 332
Fred – 390.3
Ruben Neves – 717.5
Scott McTominay – 1289

Chances created per 90 minutes
Bruno Fernandes – 2.9
Paul Pogba – 2.1
Fred – 1.0
Scott McTominay – 1.0
Nemanja Matic – 0.9
Ruben Neves – 0.9

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Paul Pogba – 2.6 (74.3%)
Scott McTominay – 1.1 (78.6%)
Nemanja Matic – 0.9 (64.3%)
Bruno Fernandes – 0.7 (43.8%)
Ruben Neves – 0.5 (71.4%)
Fred – 0.5 (55.6%)

Passes completed per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Nemanja Matic – 68.9 (86.2%)
Ruben Neves – 63.4 (83.2%)
Paul Pogba – 63.3 (85%)
Fred – 58.8 (83.3%)
Bruno Fernandes – 53 (76.4%)
Scott McTominay – 45.8 (85.8%)

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (Success rate)
Fred – 3 (53.6%)
Scott McTominay – 2.3 (62.2%)
Nemanja Matic – 2.2 (73.3%)
Ruben Neves – 2.2 (50%)
Bruno Fernandes – 1.4 (41.2%)
Paul Pogba – 1.1 (39.3%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Nemanja Matic – 1.6
Scott McTominay – 1.3
Fred – 1.2
Ruben Neves – 1.1
Paul Pogba – 1.0
Bruno Fernandes – 0.4


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