Manchester United rumored to eye unexpected Ross Barkley acquisition

The Sun reports a potential surprise transfer of Ross Barkley to Manchester United, with owner Ratcliffe, impressed by Barkley's stint at Nice, possibly influencing the move.

Manchester United Eyeing Ross Barkley
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According to The Sun, there are talks of Barkley potentially joining United, a move that may surprise many considering his previous success under new owner Ratcliffe at Nice. During his tenure with the French team, Ratcliffe reportedly encouraged manager Lucien Favre to give Barkley more playing time in Ligue 1.

United is reportedly seeking to bolster their midfield, with plans to offload Casemiro and send Sofyan Amrabat back to Fiorentina. Barkley emerges as a viable option, especially considering Luton’s potential need to sell players if they face relegation.

This season, Barkley has featured in 20 Premier League matches, contributing three goals and three assists. He is pivotal to Luton’s battle against relegation, with the team currently sitting 18th, just one point behind Everton. However, any additional points deduction could significantly change the dynamics of the survival battle.

Luton’s upcoming match against Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round will be followed by a return to Premier League action against Aston Villa next weekend.

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley

Forwarder, Midfielder

EnglandEngland

Age: 31

189 cm

76 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 29 5 Missed
Minutes 2415 83.3 Avg
Goals 5 0.2 Avg
Assist 4 0.1 Avg
Attempt 87 3.0 Avg
Passes 1255 43.383.6% AvgSucc
Yellow 5 0.2 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 3 times for 256 minutes for FA Cup.

Ross Barkley didn’t score any goal for Luton Town. He procured no assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 18th in FA Cup. In the last match Luton Town lost 4-1 against Liverpool.

Luton Town performance and stats

Luton Town

Manager: Rob Edwards
Rank 18th
Win 6
Draw 7
Loss 21
Goals 47-75
Diff -28

In the last 3 games, it has won twice and drawn once. In its last match, Luton Town won 1-2 against Everton.​​

Luton Town will play the next match in FA Cup against Manchester City on Tuesday 27th of February in Luton. The prediction is Manchester City winning the match.​

Manchester United performance and stats

Manchester United

Manager: Erik ten Hag
Rank 7th
Win 15
Draw 5
Loss 12
Goals 47-48
Diff -1
Rank 4th
Win 1
Draw 1
Loss 4
Goals 12-15
Diff -3

Manchester United is currently 6th in the Premier League with 44 points.

In the last 26 games, it has won 14 times, drawn twice, and lost 10 times. In its last match, Manchester United lost 1-2 against Fulham.​​

It has a even goal difference after scoring 36 goals and conceding 36.​

Manchester United will play the next match in Premier League against Manchester City on Saturday 2nd of March in Manchester.​