Last summer Louis van Gaal went a long way to addressing Manchester United's long-standing problems in the centre of midfield by signing both French international Morgan Schneiderlin and Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Although the 26-year-old Schneiderlin has impressed, Schweinsteiger has been tormented by injuries during his debut campaign at Old Trafford and could miss the remainder of the season after suffering a partial tear to a medial ligament whilst on international duty with the World champions, as per the Mirror.
The former Bayern Munich playmaker turns 32 in August, while long-time servant Michael Carrick - arguably United's best central midfielder - is 34 and out of contract in a few months time. All these issues leave United crying out for an injection of energy in the middle of the park and Leicester City's N'Golo Kante could be the man to provide exactly that.
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Who is N'Golo Kante?
For a long time Kante's work went relatively unnoticed, but he is now finally starting to receive the plaudits that his performances deserve. He only joined the Foxes eight months ago but the 25-year-old has become an invaluable member of Claudio Ranieri's side and the driving force behind their incredible title charge.
Kante is an absolute workhorse, he covers pretty much every blade of grass when he's on the pitch, he reads the game well and the Frenchman never gives the opposition a moments peace on the ball, constantly pressing and closing players down.
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Despite being just under 5 ft 7 inches tall, the all-action midfielder is strong, physical, full of aggression and excellent at retrieving possession of the ball. Kante never stops running, he launches himself into tackles and can stake a claim to being one of the best box-to-box midfielders in England’s top flight this season.
He tops the Premier League charts for most interceptions and tackles, and going forward he’s even managed to provide three assists. He may have only scored once this campaign, but what he lacks in goal threat he more than makes up for with his energy, work-rate, intensity and dynamic style of play.
So where does his future lie?
Leicester City are still on course to win a historic Premier League title this season and so there is seemingly little reason for Kante to leave. However, the former SM Caen man has refused to commit his long-term future to the club, suggesting it’s unclear whether or not he’ll still be at the King Power Stadium beyond the summer, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I will fight for Leicester this season and next season we never know and we will see," he said. "At this moment I am focused on Leicester. We have to finish well this season but I don't mind about the other clubs."
After making his international debut and scoring his first goal for France against Russia during the international break, it’s ever-more-likely that Kante will be in Didier Deschamps’ squad for Euro 2016, now just over two months away. If he plays well for the hosts this summer even more clubs will look to capture his signature, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Italian champions Juventus already linked to the midfielder.
United need to strengthen
Having sold Argentinian winger Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain last year, the Red Devils are also in desperate need of a top-class wide-man, such as Lazio star Felipe Anderson. It remains to be seen how much United's manager will be given to spend given recent splurges and they may have to prioritise certain positions over others. That said, Kante’s energy and drive from midfield is something that United are sorely missing at the moment and he would be an excellent signing.
All of Kante’s qualities and attributes would allow him to thrive at a club of Man United’s stature. He has what it takes to help the 13-time Premier League winners re-establish themselves as the dominant force in English football.
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