Toni Kroos put in a Man of the Match display against Arsenal last night, leaving most United fans salivating at the thought of seeing him in the Red of Manchester United rather than that of Bayern. The man just oozes class, and reminds me of a young Paul Scholes the way he bosses the midfield with his super passing abilities.
Kroos completed 144 passes out of 149 last night, giving him a success rate of a huge 97%. He played a killer ball to Robben which led to the red card and penalty (which was eventually missed), and he also scored the opening goal with a pearler of a finish struck beautifully by his right-foot. He was easily the Man of the Match last night in the game of the highest stakes, showing he can do it at the top (unlike Ozil).
The most impressive thing is that Toni Kroos does this week-in week-out in the Bundesliga. He may not be the quickest, but he can pick a pass, find the space and create goals as well as score them. He’s the perfect midfielder.
However I cannot see him coming to Manchester United anytime soon. Bayern are comfortably the best club side in world football at the moment, so why would he want to leave? Unbelievably he’s the 15th(!) highest paid player in Bavaria, but after performances like last night, Pep Guardiola would be crazy not to give him a significant pay rise. I personally think Kroos’ agent is just using Manchester United to get his client a better deal at Bayern.
In the unlikely event that he did leave, theres no chance that we’d be favourites for his signature. Teams like Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea can all afford to spend more on a midfielder than we can, and could also offer him significantly higher wages than the Glazers would be prepared to offer. The only thing that we’d have the advantage over them is that Toni Kroos could walk into our side and become the best midfielder at our club. I don’t see that being enough for him though, as Champions League is looking unlikely next year which is a huge pull for most players.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but I suspect he’ll have penned a new contract at Bayern before the season is out.