Grzegorz Krychowiak would bring steel to Manchester United's midfield

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Now that Jose Mourinho has been announced as the new manager at Manchester United, the special one will almost certainly be drawing up a shortlist of targets to improve the stagnant Red Devils.

It's been reported that he's looking to upgrade in a number of areas, which includes the centre of midfield, and he could do worse than take a look at Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.

The Polish international has been somewhat of an unsung hero over the past few years with the Spanish side, helping bring an extra defensive edge to their quick counter-attacking style.


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Having played a big part of Stade de Reims' successes in Ligue 1, he earned the move to Sevilla two years ago and has been ever-present since then.

The first thing you notice about Krychowiak is that he does not mind putting himself about a bit. The 26-year-old averages 2.4 tackles per game, and having picked up 11 yellows in all competitions this season, you could say that he can be a competitive style of midfielder that can really thrive in the Premier League.

However, he adds a football intelligence to his game that really makes him a complete defensive midfielder. He average 4.4 interceptions per game, a better rate than Leicester City stand-out N'Golo Kante this season, and has a passing accuracy of 84.6 percent. He recycles possession well and understands his limitations, he tends not to hold on to the ball for too long and instead opts for an almost maximum three-touch policy.

That's not to say he can't start attacks, he racked up two assists in all competitions and averages three long balls a game. That may sound like he hoofs the ball up field ala old-fashioned Stoke City, but with the quick players Sevilla has, it's usually to exploit the space in-behind teams playing too high up the field.

His position or style is not particularly flashy and will not create headlines, but it gets the job done as he breaks up the oppositions attacks and gets the ball rolling for his team.

It's exactly what he did against Liverpool in the second half of the Europa League final, almost denying them any passage through the centre of the field and shielding his defence expertly from any late onslaught.

There will be plenty of eyes on his countries' exploits this summer and should he shine again there, a move to a big European club could not be far away. If Mourinho wants to make sure he has a solid backbone in place like he has had with his previous clubs, signing a player in the ilk of Krychowiak will go a long way to creating the success that the fans crave.

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