Manchester United’s reported interest in Antoine Griezmann isn’t really anything new. Rumours of interest from Old Trafford date back even to last summer, where it was reported United were keen on taking the Frenchman on board. As we head into the summer transfer window with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly already seemingly on board, Antoine Griezmann could be set to become Jose Mourinho’s third signing at the Theatre of Dreams.
Since making his switch from Real Sociedad to Atletico back in 2014, Griezmann has been a revelation in the Spanish capital, scoring a mighty impressive 57 goals in 107 appearances. Many knew beforehand the Frenchman was a talented footballer, but few could have predicted just how well Griezmann has performed for Atletico.
What makes Griezmann unique is his versatility. Having played previously throughout his career on the wings, Griezmann has adapted to playing in a more advanced role up front. In signing the Frenchman you would be signing a player who can offer a lot more to the team than just simply just putting the ball in the back of the net.
His knack of popping up when it matters most in the bigger games had become something of a forte for the Frenchman last season. A match winning goal against Real Madrid in La Liga, followed up by goals against Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League helped Atletico reach a 2nd Champions League final in 3 years, whilst keeping the club in touch with their arch rivals Real and Barcelona in the league.
So he is the right man for Manchester United? Yes without any doubt he is. United’s lack of goal scoring was a major issue last season, as was not having enough wingers at the club. With Griezmann he ticks both boxes. He would bring with him that goal scoring touch and would be able to fill on the wings when called upon.
At the age of 25 years old, Griezmann is arguably about to enter his peak years as a footballer and what better manager to get the best out of you than Jose Mourinho. When on the right side of Mourinho, there is no better manager out there in world football to get the most out of a player and in Griezmann I believe Mourinho will do exactly do that.