Manchester United can potentially solve their midfield problems without having to spend a penny – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United are in the market for a defensive midfielder, with MEN Sport of the understanding the club are willing to back Ralf Rangnick in the January transfer window.

Italian outlet Calciomercato and Spanish outlet El Nacional report that United are set to make a move for Marseille’s 22-year-old midfielder Boubacar Kamara in the mid-season window, though The Athletic report that United are waiting until the summer when the Frenchman’s contract expires.

Should United follow up on their interest, it remains to be seen whether they’ll decide to make a move in January or hold out to avoid having to pay a transfer fee.

However, with a move possibly on the cards, let’s take a look at what Kamara could offer United if he was to move to Old Trafford…


Kamara has been involved in the Marseille set-up for most of his life having joined the academy back in 2005 at the age of five before breaking into the first team at the age of just 16.

During his time in the youth team, he captained the reserve side and these leadership qualities could prove invaluable to a United midfield that has lacked a dominant figure for some time.


Kamara became a regular fixture in the Marseille side in 2018 and has been a key member of the squad ever since. During that time he has played in a number of different roles and positions.

Boubacar Kamara’s contract expires in 2022

He’s been deployed as a full-back, centre-back and more importantly to United as a defensive midfielder, and while United will be more interested in what he can do in midfield, the versatility he offers cannot be understated.

Not since Daley Blind have United had a player who could offer the versatility Kamara would bring if he moved to Old Trafford, and his arrival would mean United would have someone to cover a number of positions in the event of an injury crisis.


Finally, what can he offer Rangnick’s system? The answer is a lot.

His current manager Jorge Sampaoli is a disciple of Marcelo Bielsa, and if you look at the Argentinian’s Leeds side you will see a huge emphasis on pressing high up the field, winning the ball back quickly and progressing it as fast as possible – all the qualities needed to play in a Rangnick team.

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United have energy in their midfield but what Kamara will offer is composure.

Overall, Kamara is not the finished article, but at 22 and with his contract expiring he would be a low-risk option who could develop into a superstar under the right coaching.

Whether United decide to make a move for Kamara in January or wait until the summer to sign him for free, he’d be a brilliant addition to the team.

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