Let’s be honest here: Manchester United’s reported interest in Antoine Griezmann isn’t anything new. Rumours of interest from Old Trafford date back to last summer, where it was reported United were keen on taking the Frenchman on board. As we head into the summer transfer window with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly already seemingly on board, the hope for Jose Mourinho is that Griezmann will be joining them at the Theatre of Dreams.
Since making the switch from Real Sociedad to Atletico back in 2014, Griezmann has been a revelation in the Spanish capital, scoring an impressive 57 goals in 107 appearances. Many knew beforehand that the Frenchman was a talented footballer, but few could have predicted just how well Griezmann would perform for Atletico.
What makes Griezmann unique is his versatility. Having previously played on the wings throughout his career, Griezmann has adapted to playing in a more advanced role up front. In signing the Frenchman, United would be getting a player who can offer a lot more than just simply just putting the ball in the back of the net.
A knack of popping up when it matters in big games had become something of a forte for the Frenchman. A match winning goal against Real Madrid in La Liga, followed up by goals against Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League helped Atletico reach a 2nd Champions League final in 3 years, whilst keeping the club in touch with their arch rivals Real and Barcelona in the league until the season’s penultimate round of fixtures.
Is he the right man for Manchester United? Yes, without any doubt. United’s lack of goals or even goalscorers was a major issue last season, as was not having enough wingers at the club. Griezmann ticks both boxes; he would bring with him that goal scoring touch and would be able to fill in on the wings when called upon.
At the age of 25 years old, Griezmann is arguably about to enter his peak years as a footballer and what better manager to get the best out of you than Jose Mourinho. When on the right side of the Portuguese, there is no better manager out there in world football to get the best out of a player.