Comparing Denis Zakaria’s stats to Man Utd’s current midfielders

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Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria celebrates scoring against Borussia Dortmund, September 2021.

It’s no secret that Manchester United want to upgrade their squad in the January transfer window and Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria has emerged as their latest target.

Zakaria has shone in the Bundesliga and his contract runs out at the end of the 2021-22 season – which has sparked interest from a host of Premier League clubs.

But would the 25-year-old be a significant upgrade on United’s current options? We’ve compared his 2021-22 Bundesliga stats to the corresponding Premier League stats of United’s current central midfield options.

Note: we’ve only included players that have played over 250 minutes this season, which excludes Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard from consideration.

Goals
Bruno Fernandes – 5
Fred – 2
Denis Zakaria – 2
Scott McTominay – 1
Paul Pogba – 0
Nemanja Matic – 0

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

Mins per goal or assist
Paul Pogba – 90.5
Bruno Fernandes – 188.3
Nemanja Matic – 332
Fred – 390.3
Denis Zakaria – 435
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
Denis Zakaria – 0.6

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Paul Pogba – 2.6 (74.3%)
Denis Zakaria – 2.0 (71.2%)
Scott McTominay – 1.1 (78.6%)
Nemanja Matic – 0.9 (64.3%)
Bruno Fernandes – 0.7 (43.8%)
Fred – 0.5 (55.6%)

Passes completed per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Nemanja Matic – 68.9 (86.2%)
Paul Pogba – 63.3 (85%)
Fred – 58.8 (83.3%)
Bruno Fernandes – 53 (76.4%)
Denis Zakaria – 52.3 (90.1%)
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%)
Denis Zakaria – 1.6 (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
Denis Zakaria – 1.2
Paul Pogba – 1.0
Bruno Fernandes – 0.4


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