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Expert insight into why Diego Godin would be a great signing for Man Utd

by Sam Peoples

After rumours linking Manchester United with a move for Diego Godin in January, we were able to chat with Nick Poskitt, editor in chief of AtleticoFans, to find out a little bit more about the defender and whether he’d be the right man to sure up United’s defence.

Hi Nick. Can you introduce yourself to the readers?

I’m the editor of AtleticoFans and I live on cloud 9 given our successes over the past few seasons.

We’ve been linked with a move for Diego Godin in January. What’s your reaction to that as an Atletico Madrid fan?

First, it’s sadness. As we’ve seen a number of our best players move to the Premier League in or before their peak. Fernando Torres, Kun Agüero, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, David de Gea, the list goes on.

However recently we’ve seen some of our star players turn down the overtures of some big clubs to stay at Atletico. Juanfran turned down Arsenal this summer, Koke rejected a potential move to Barcelona and Thibaut Courtois even put off returning to Chelsea to enjoy even more time in Madrid.

More players across world football are beginning to see Atletico as a top club in it’s own right and with the success we’re having, why would they want to leave?

After our Champions League heartbreak last season we’re keen on another run and with four clean sheets already in the Champions League this season, who is to say we aren’t going to go on another one?

Last season he was a key player for you in your best ever season. Is he still just as important to your team this year?

Godín is part of the best defensive pairing in Spain, and perhaps the world, at the moment. Alongside Miranda, they enjoyed a remarkable season last year.

The key to our defence last season was stability and consistency. We didn’t lose a game last season when we had Filipe, Miranda, Godin and Juanfran at the back. Now Filipe’s gone, a player like Godín who gives his all in every game, is vital.

Godin is exceptional in the air – whether it’s winning 50/50 balls or heading the goal that handed us the La Liga title last season.

Diego Simeone has previously said Diego Godin is unsellable. Do you feel that is still the case?

He’s unsellable in so far as he is very important to the success of Atlético. However in Spain, every player has a price, and often it’s extremely public.

Manchester United desperately lack a leader at the back and at 28, Godin has got bags of experience. Would he be the leader United are looking for?

He would bring you stability at the back, and I’m sure he would love to link up again with David de Gea – if you can convince him to leave.

If you had to say Godin’s greatest strength and biggest weakness, what would they be?

Godin is exceptional in the air – whether it’s winning 50/50 balls or heading the goal that handed us the La Liga title last season.

His biggest weakness is probably his clearances – watch a couple of games and you’ll see sometimes he doesn’t always get them right.

We’ve also previously been linked with a move for Miranda. Do you rate Godin higher than the Brazilian?

Godin is younger, and has a few more years on his partner at the back. He’s a better passer of the ball, and marks players out of the game well.

Miranda though, has been on another level, and is one of the world’s best centre backs in his own right at the moment. His awareness and tackling ability are amazing to watch.

Finally, a word on Radamel Falcao. United fans adore him and he’s not even hit the ground running yet. What should we expect when he hits top form?

Of all the striker’s we’ve had over the last decade – and this is a long list that includes Diego Forlan, Agüero, Torres, David Villa, Mandzukic – I rate Falcao the highest. The guy is just an absolute beast, and if Louis van Gaal can get him on the pitch, it’s only a matter of time before he starts banging them in.

If you want to see what to expect, go back and watch the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea. He had a hat-trick in the first half, and what a hat-trick it was!


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