As a result, the Glazers seriously consider signing the “complete midfielder” before the transfer window closes.
Various outlets have linked the Red Devils with a move for the 27-year-old, as Ten Hag looks to bolster his limited midfield options at United before the transfer window shuts.
Only Christian Eriksen has been signed so far, and with a move for Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong has been United’s primary focus for much of the window, only for him to be linked with a switch to Chelsea, they need to look elsewhere for midfield improvements.
Milinković-Savić would certainly help to strengthen United in midfield, as is emphasized by his superb season in Serie A last season, where he contributed 11 goals and 11 assists, averaging a 7.36 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
For context, no United player would register as many goals and assists, while Cristiano Ronaldo was rated as the top performer in United’s squad, averaging a 7.11 rating across his appearances in the Premier League.
Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne, according to FBref, is the eighth-most similar player to Milinković-Savić in terms of play style.
Considering how influential the Belgian has been for Pep Guardiola in recent seasons, winning the Premier League player of the season last year as they won the title, United would be foolish to turn down a player similar to De Bruyne.
According to FbRef, the two had the same number of shots on target last season (31), as well as a similar number of expected goals per 90 (0.21 vs 0.26) and progressive passes (170 vs 157).
This demonstrates that they are both midfielders who like to get forward and make an impact in the final third, which United will require if they are to avoid relying on Ronaldo for goals again this season.
According to WhoScored, both Milinkovic-Savic and De Bruyne excel at passing, long shots, and key passes, indicating that they clearly have a similar style of play, and the Serbian could be very effective in Ten Hag’s midfield.