James Rodriguez has again been linked with a move to Manchester United with his future at Real Madrid far from certain.

According to reports in Spain, Zinedine Zidane could be tempted to sell for as little as €30million as his looks to reduce the size of his squad.

James was offered to United last summer in a failed part-exchange offer for Paul Pogba, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be tempted to make the first move 12 months on.

So, do United need James after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes?

In a word: yes.

James immediately slotted into the No10 role in Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1 formation, with Bruno Fernandes moving back to a deeper role alongside Pogba.

The Colombian racked up a hugely impressive 10 goals and 19 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions and boasted the highest average rating – by a distance – in the squad with 7.34.

Marcus Rashford hugely benefitted to his left, contributing 21 goals.

James was particularly impressive in Europe, contributing five goals and seven assists in 13 games as United missed out on the Europa League final on away goals to eventual winners RB Leipzig.


Samuel Louis is a young Haitian student that loves to write and learn. He’s passionate about people and culture and finds comfort in knowledge. As a writer for Haitian Times, he looks forward to opening his horizons about journalism, while doing what he loves.

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