Comparing Saul Niguez’s 2020-21 stats to Man Utd’s current midfielders

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With the uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba’s future, Manchester United will reportedly make a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez this summer. 

According to the Daily Mail, United believe that £45million will be enough to sign Saul, who has also been linked with Barcelona and Liverpool in recent weeks.

We’ve compared his 2020-21 stats in La Liga to the corresponding Premier League figures from United’s current options in the centre of midfield. Note: Lingard’s stats are from his loan spell at West Ham.

Goals
Bruno Fernandes – 18
Jesse Lingard – 9
Scott McTominay – 4
Paul Pogba – 3
Saul Niguez – 2
Donny van de Beek – 1
Fred – 1
Nemanja Matic – 0

Assists
Bruno Fernandes – 12
Jesse Lingard – 4
Paul Pogba – 3
Saul Niguez – 1
Donny van de Beek – 1
Scott McTominay – 1
Fred – 0
Nemanja Matic – 0

Minutes per goal or assist
Bruno Fernandes – 103.6
Jesse Lingard – 109.6
Donny van de Beek – 257.5
Paul Pogba – 316
Scott McTominay – 425.6
Saul Niguez – 678
Fred – 2,397
Nemanja Matic – N/A

Chances created per 90 minutes
Bruno Fernandes – 2.7
Paul Pogba – 1.2
Jesse Lingard – 1.1
Saul Niguez – 1.0
Fred – 0.9
Nemanja Matic – 0.7
Scott McTominay – 0.7
Donny van de Beek – 0.5

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Paul Pogba – 2.1 (67.7%)
Nemanja Matic – 1.4 (82.3%)
Donny van de Beek – 1.4 (73.6%)
Scott McTominay – 1.1 (73.3%)
Jesse Lingard – 1.1 (40.7%)
Fred – 0.9 (81.8%)
Saul Niguez – 0.7 (77.7%)
Bruno Fernandes – 0.7 (53.8%)

Passing accuracy
Nemanja Matic – 90.3%
Fred – 87.7%
Scott McTominay – 87%
Donny van de Beek – 86.1%
Saul Niguez – 84.4%
Jesse Lingard – 83.6%
Paul Pogba – 83%
Bruno Fernandes – 78.3%

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Fred – 3.0 (56.6%)
Donny van de Beek – 2.6 (65%)
Saul Niguez – 2.5 (65.7%)
Scott McTominay – 2.2 (81.4%)
Nemanja Matic – 2.0 (57.1%)
Paul Pogba – 1.7 (60.7%)
Bruno Fernandes – 1.6 (43.2%)
Jesse Lingard – 0.8 (61.5%)

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Interceptions per 90 minutes
Nemanja Matic – 1.8
Fred – 1.7
Scott McTominay – 1.2
Paul Pogba – 1.2
Donny van de Beek – 1.0
Saul Niguez – 0.8
Bruno Fernandes – 0.8
Jesse Lingard – 0.3


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