The 25-year-old has been a central figure in Southampton’s season so far and was rewarded for his efforts by Roy Hodgson with his first senior call-up to the England squad, which puts him in a strong position to fight for a place in the World Cup squad.
United’s need for an attack minded midfielder who can play the ball on the ground through the centre from deep has made us heavily reliant on our wingers to create opportunities and with Southampton’s future now unstable due to changes in management, it could see a host of players leave in the next six months including Lallana.
This season, Lallana has created 31 goalscoring opportunities in 21 appearances for his team in the Premier League. By comparison, Rooney has created 40 in 17, Kagawa five in nine and Cleverley seven in 16.
In that respect, he is the exact type of player that United need – somebody who would take it upon themselves to make chances and opportunities for others. Lallana would certainly add a central attacking dynamic alternative to United’s rigid wing play right now that isn’t working.
Two months ago, Southampton were high fliers but they have now only won two in ten matches and their chairman has resigned, causing a stormcloud to form over St. Mary’s. It means that no player is guaranteed to stay and if United were interested in Lallana, Pochettino may not be in a position to say no if their owner decides that to be the case.
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