Man Utd Transfer: How stats favours Wilfred Ndidi ahead of Rice, Neves others!

In the last 48 hours, football fans online have shared various opinions about Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi following his “five-star” performance against Manchester City as Leicester City became the new FA Community Shield champions over the weekend.

Kelechi Iheanacho’s late penalty secured the win for Brendan Rodgers men at Wembley but Wilfred Ndidi was rated one of the top performers in the match as Leicester City recorded consecutive victories at Wembley.

Ndidi, who played the entire duration of the match had 83% pass accuracy, 4 successful tackles, 2 accurate long balls, 8 recoveries, and 3 interceptions in the match.

The former Genk midfielder is rated as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world at the moment and he’s considered as the best in the league at the moment.

Ndidi has finished among the top five tacklers in the Premier League for the past five years and in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons, the Nigerian finished as the top tackler with 138 and 143 tackles respectively.


He has a 62% success tackles rate which translates to 355 successful tackles out of 573 attempted since he arrived in the Premier League in 2017.

With Manchester United’s deficiency in the holding midfield position, Ndidi has been touted to be the ideal player to fill the void. However, reports claim that the club has been linked to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves, Rennes’ Eduardo Cammavinga as well as Westham’s Declan Rice.

Below is Wilfred Ndidi’s numbers compared to his Premier League counterparts including Manchester United’s Fred Rodriguez last season in the Premier League

Wilfred Ndidi 

  • Tackles: 96
  • Tackles Success Rate: 66%
  • Interceptions: 61
  • Recoveries: 227
  • Duels Won: 184
  • Duels Lost: 149

Ruben Neves 

  • Tackles: 86
  • Tackles Success Rate: 53
  • Interceptions: 65
  • Recoveries: 223
  • Duels Won: 138
  • Duels lost:142

Declan Rice 

  • Tackles: 59
  • Tackles Success Rate: 59
  • Interceptions: 59
  • Recoveries: 223
  • Duels won: 144
  • Duels Lost: 105


  • Tackles: 81
  • Tackles Success Rate: 48
  • Interceptions: 45
  • Recoveries: 228
  • Duels won: 144
  • Duels Lost: 154

Although Manchester United are yet to show interest in Ndidi as of now, the call from fans for a proper defensive midfielder continues to bring aloud.

Ndidi is considered to be the missing piece in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester United team going into the new season after the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane.

According to reports, Wilfred Ndidi will cost Manchester United an excess of 70m pounds.

It remains to be seen if the Red Devils will make a move for the Nigerian before the end of the transfer window which comes to a close at the end of the month by midnight.


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