Kingsley Coman: 11 things you might not know about Manchester United's potential signing

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Manchester United are reportedly in talks to sign Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman.

This is according to The Athletic’s Andy Mitten, who understands that United have discussed the idea of either a permanent or loan move for the France international.

Mitten adds that Coman is keen to join his compatriots Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial at Old Trafford.

United have been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho in recent weeks, with the England international reportedly seeking a move away from the Westfalenstadion.

But if the Red Devils fail to strike an agreement with Dortmund for Sancho, it seems Coman could well be their back-up option.

For Man Utd fans wanting to know a little more about their potential new signing, we’ve unearthed 11 facts about the 24-year-old that you might not know.

His incredible run of league title triumphs

Coman only turned 24 last month but the Frenchman already boasts an extraordinary collection of league winners’ medals.

Incredibly, Coman has won eight consecutive league titles, dating back to 2013.

In the 2015-16 season, he sealed league titles with both Juventus and loan club Bayern Munich.

Fined for driving his McLaren to training

Coman landed himself in hot water back in April for turning up to training in a McLaren 570S Spider.

The reason this was a problem is because Bayern are sponsored by Audi, who supplied every player with a brand new car at the start of the season.

The German club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, warned players they would face a €50,000 fine if they turned up in another vehicle - but Coman damaged his vehicle and opted for the McLaren instead.

"I'd like to apologise to the club and Audi for not having come to training in my company car," Coman said. "The reason was a damaged wing mirror on my Audi. It still was a mistake."

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He suffered a bizarre but nasty injury v Tottenham last year

Man Utd fans might be a little concerned to hear that Coman’s injury record isn’t the best.

He was sidelined for a couple of months in December after suffering an awful-looking injury against Tottenham in the Champions League.

Thankfully, he was back in action by February.

His fight with Robert Lewandowski in training

Coman was involved in a training ground fist fight with Bayern’s star man Robert Lewandowski in April 2019.

Bild reported that the two teammates were involved in a punch up, with the pair of them hitting each other in the face while trading insults.

It transpired that Lewandowski had long been frustrated with Coman’s style of play and things eventually boiled over following a defeat against Bayer Leverkusen.

"There was a fight between two players who were named in the media," Bayern’s then-head coach Niko Kovac said in a press conference, per Goal.

"The three of us discussed it after training, and both apologised for their behaviour and were sorry for what happened.

"No one is being fined because both players were understanding, and being understanding is very important now. The matter is done and dusted."

Thomas Muller tipped him for big things in 2017

Thomas Muller has played with some great players during his illustrious career and the German forward said Coman had the potential to become “solid gold” for Bayern during an interview in 2017.

“We know that Kingsley has extraordinary skills that aren't easy to find," Muller told Bundesliga.com. "If he puts his foot down on the gas – and he has incredible horsepower – every opponent has a tough time against him. He worked the left flank well. He's always been fleet-footed. If he can now add chances that lead to goals then he is solid gold to us.”

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He considered retiring in 2018

Back in December 2018, when he was just 22 years old, Coman announced that he was considering retiring from football if his ankle injuries persisted.

"It was a very difficult year," Coman told TF1, per Goal. "When I hurt myself, it was the end of the world for me.

"I hope I don't have to relive what I've been through, enough is enough. I will not accept a third operation – it will mean maybe my foot is not made for this level.

"I will then lead another life, an anonymous life."

He finished runner-up for the 2015 Golden Boy award

Coman narrowly missed out on the prestigious Golden Boy award - previously won by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero - in 2015.

He was beaten by Martial, his potential future club teammate.

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Why he changed his hairstyle in 2018

Coman has sported some rather flamboyant hairstyles over the years, but decided to cut off his trademark braid in 2018.

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“It was a souvenir from the time when I still had long hair,” he explained to BILD. “But it’s been five years now since I had locks. That’s why I also finally shaved oft the last memento of them.

“Sometimes I have a pattern shaved into my hair. I used to be crazy! Today, I’m more mature.”

Youngest player to appear for PSG, aged 16, in February 2013

Coman was just 16 years, eight months and four days when he made his senior debut with Paris Saint-Germain, making him the youngest player in the French club’s history.

But at the end of that season, despite winning the title with PSG, Coman decided to leave the Parc des Princes for Juventus.

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His style of play

WhoScored.com list Coman’s strengths as dribbling (very strong), key passes (strong), passing (strong) and through balls (strong).

His weaknesses? Just the one: defensive contribution.

He also gets fouled often, likes to do layoffs and short passes.

This video from UEFA shows Coman is rapid, dangerous on either foot and possesses an eye for goal.

Capable of magical moments

How about this for a first touch?

Dimitar Berbatov would have been proud of that.

Despite the fact most United fans would prefer Sancho, it seems Coman certainly wouldn’t be a bad back-up option if United are unable to strike a deal for the Dortmund star.

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