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Premier League - Football: A closer look at Manchester United target Matheus Cunha

16 August 2022 11:23:35 EST

With Manchester United scoring just one goal in their opening two games, the Old Trafford side have turned their attentions to Atletico Madrid's Matheus Cunha.

The Red Devils have endured a wretched start to the season, losing 2-1 at home to Brighton, before the humilating 4-0 defeat at Brentford, making it seven straight Premier League defeats on the road.

Cristiano Ronaldo's future remains unclear, while Anthony Martial struggles for fitness. As such, United are looking at the Brazilian, who we take a closer look at ahead of a potential move.

What nationality is Matheus Cunha?

Cunha is Brazilian, and has represented the national side seven times. He's started three games for the Selecao, but is yet to find the net.

He was prolific for the U23 side, however, scoring 21 goals in 24 games. He was top scorer at the 2019 Toulon Tournament, and his three goals helped his side to a gold medal at the 2022 Olympics.

What type of player is Matheus Cunha?

At 6ft, Cunha would likely operate as something of a focal point, being utilised by bringing other players around him into the game. The Brazilian fits the mould of a Sebastien Haller, who Erik ten Hag worked with at Ajax, and Darwin Nunez, who he was reportedly keen on bringing to United, though Cunha isn't as strong in the air, but will likely offer a strong defensive presence from the front.

His goal record is rather modest, averaging roughly 0.3 goals per 90, though he is more of a Roberto Firmino-type forward, and Liverpool were reportedly interested in the Atletico man in January.

Statistically, Cunha ranked amongst the highest centre-forwards in Europe's top five leagues for pressures, tackles and interceptions per 90, though many of his appearances came off the bench last season.

How old is Matheus Cunha?

Cunha turned 23 at the end of May this year.

Who does Matheus Cunha play for?

Cunha plays for Atletico Madrid, having moved from Hertha Berlin at the beginning of last season. He's also spent time with Sion in Switzerland, as well as RB Leipzig.

What position does Matheus Cunha play?

Cunha is a centre forward, though is capable operating out wide or deeper, but with Manchester United's struggles up top, the Brazilian would be deployed there.

How much would Matheus Cunha cost?

Reports suggests Manchester United would need to stump up around £45m to bring the Brazilian from Atletico.
 

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