Manchester United: Interesting Stats Show Why Dutch Star Should Replace Cristiano Ronaldo in January

Manchester United: Interesting Stats Show Why Dutch Star Should Replace Cristiano Ronaldo in January

  • Cody Gakpo scored the Netherlands' second 2022 World Cup goal when he unleashed an unstoppable effort against Ecuador
  • With that goal, the PSV Eindhoven forward is now one of the most in-form players in Europe
  • Gakpo was linked to Manchester United in the summer, and with Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, the club may move for him in January

PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo announced himself on the international stage when he scored his first goal at the 2022 World Cup. He added his second in Qatar against Ecuador last night.

Manchester United were close to signing him this past summer but instead opted for Ajax and Brazil winger Antony.

Cody Gakpo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands, Portugal, Europa League
Gakpo had agreed personal terms with Manchester United in the summer. Photos by Mark Metcalfe and David S. Bustamante.
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However, his performances for PSV and the Netherlands at the World Cup have seen United fans beg for Erik ten Hag and the club to secure his signature in January as a replacement for Ronaldo.

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He scored the first goal of the tournament for Louis van Gaal’s side against Senegal with an outstanding header. He then netted second last night with an absolute piledriver against Ecuador.

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Gakpo's incredible stats

Gakpo has been playing as a striker for Holland at the World Cup, and with Ronaldo's expected departure, United's depth up front is thin. Therefore, Ten Hag could target Gakpo as a replacement.

Moreover, his stats are incredible, and he would fit perfectly for the Red Devils. In addition, he could also play on either flank, making him a versatile addition to the squad.

According to Opta, Gakpo has scored Gakpo has been directly involved in 34 goals in 28 appearances for club and country this season. He has notched 16 goals and provided 18 assists.

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Gakpo has already managed 13 goals and 17 assists for PSV this season in all competitions.

Gakpo is reportedly worth £43m in January, but that figure could rise if he continues with his World Cup form, according to Express.

Gakpo scores against Ecuador

Sports Brief earlier reported on Gakpo scoring for the Netherlands as they drew 1-1 with Uruguay in their second World Cup match in Qatar.

He scored a superb left-footed strike to give the Dutch the lead against the South Americans, but Oranje failed to create more chances for the 23-year-old, who was subbed off in the second half.

It is, therefore, thanks in large part to the 23-year-old that Louis van Gaal's side are now on the verge of a place in the last 16, with only a point required in their final group outing against already-eliminated Qatar to secure qualification.

Source: Sports Brief News