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Man Utd signing title-winner with 94% Pass Accuracy will be a major mistake for selling club

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Manchester United are pushing to sign Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt from Bundesliga giants Ajax.

Erik ten Hag is looking to sign a defender he once tipped to become the best in the world.

Bayern Munich centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is keen on a move to Manchester United, Sky Sports report.

Negotiations are ongoing and a move is expected to accelerate once Netherlands’ Euro 2024 campaign is over.

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Matthijs de Ligt of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and VfL Boch...

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Bayern Munich are worse without De Ligt

Bayern Munich fans have launched a petition to keep Matthijs de Ligt, although this is unlikely to sway the club into keeping him, with the Dutchman keen on reuniting with Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

Losing De Ligt would present some difficulty for the Bundesliga runners-up, who were statistically a worse team without him.

According to data from Sport1, Bayern accrued an average of 0.7 points fewer per game without De Ligt in the team.

Points per game
Bayern with De Ligt 2.4
Bayern without De Ligt 1.7

The same data adds that De Ligt won a higher percentage of duels – 66 per cent – than any Bayern defender during the 2023/24 season.

Last season De Ligt played in 22 Bundesliga games from a possible 34.

These missed games do ask questions over De Ligt’s injury record, which is a legitimate concern, especially in light of Manchester United’s own injury problems last season.

De Ligt is Bayern’s top passer

De Ligt has won titles in three different countries and gaining a player of his experience would be a positive for Manchester United.

Per WhoScored, De Ligt recorded a pass accuracy of 94 per cent last season – the highest of any Bayern Munich player.

The Netherlands star would be an excellent fit for Erik ten Hag’s preferred playing style, alongside Lisandro Martinez at the back.

So why are Bayern willing to sell De Ligt? Sport1 speculate the Dutchman’s wages are a contributory factor, along with their multitude of other options in defence, and incoming move for Jonathan Tah.

And while there is a financial argument, just like Manchester United’s willingness to let go of Raphael Varane, the numbers show clearly that Bayern were be worse without De Ligt, and his sale is a major risk.

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