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Riyad Mahrez could be the superstar Manchester United need

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Riyad Mahrez's rise in the game has been a truly remarkable one and the technically gifted star was a deserved winner of this season's PFA Player of the Year award.

The Algerian international has stepped up his game admirably and should now top off a remarkable campaign by claiming the Premier League title with Leicester City.

The club's talisman is showing no signs of slowing down and is quickly establishing himself as the division's latest superstar.

With Jamie Vardy absent for this weekend's crunch fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford, there's every chance that Mahrez will take centre stage once again.

But United certainly won't be backing down and will be determined to get one over on the champions-in-waiting. One man that definitely will be looking to make an impression is Juan Mata, who was left out of Louis van Gaal's team that secured their place in the FA Cup final with a victory over Everton last weekend.


In all honesty, it has been a difficult season for United's No.8 and, with Jose Mourinho lurking, his future at the club could become uncertain sooner rather than later.

For one reason or another, Mata's career in Manchester has failed to really take off and perhaps this summer would be the right time to move him on.

And the club's hierarchy may well want to pay close attention to Mahrez this weekend as the Leicester City man could be his ideal replacement.

Van Gaal has long insisted that more pace is required in his United team, and while Mata clearly slows things down more often than not, Mahrez plays freely and, more importantly, quickly. 

But is he statistically the right man for United? Well, teaming up with DraftKings, we have taken a look at just what Mahrez would add to the Red Devils' side. First thing's first, Mahrez is a creator and scorer of goals: he has netted 17 goals and assisted on 11 occasions in 34 Premier League games this term. That is quite impressive.

So how has he done it? According to DraftKings, he has crossed the ball 102 times, which have led to four Leicester goals. Not only has he racked up an impressive number of assists through crosses, he has also played his part from dead balls and through balls. His all round class would only help United as they go in search of finding the correct balance.

You can only imagine what the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford would do if they had someone with Mahrez's skillset providing for them.

Slowly but surely, United should become a force on the break again; gone are the days of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez leading the attack, but the club's latest breed of players could replicate, to an extent, what the club's former stars produced.

Adding Mahrez to the attacking line would, of course, be a difficult one - Leicester will be playing in the Champions League next season after all - but it's surely one that United should pursue.

It's very likely that Red Devils will mount their lowest scoring record in Premier League history this season and there's clearly one vital thing that stands out: they don't have a player willing to shoot from all angles.

Fear not, DraftKings' latest statistic further increases the notion that the dynamic star is perfect for Manchester United: he has struck 62 shots in England's elite division this season, with 24 hitting the target.

It's going to be an interesting summer at both the King Power and Old Trafford, but surely there will be incomings and outgoings at both clubs. After the season Mahrez has had, Leicester may well have to gear up for yet another intense battle in the summer.

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