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Chiellini controls the ball vs. Atalanta.
With a league-high 68 goals scored, it is clear that United don't have much of an issue putting the ball in the net.
However, they do have somewhat of an issue defending, despite conceding the third fewest goals this season behind Chelsea and Manchester City. Currently on a string of four straight clean sheets, the Red Devils' defense has been otherwise inconsistent this season, conceding three goals against the lowly likes of Reading and Newcastle.
Chiellini, the Italian central defender, could certainly help solve those woes.
According to WhoScored, the Juventus man averages about three tackles and three interceptions per game, while tallying an impressive seven clearances per contest. In addition, he averages a mere 0.3 turnovers per game and completes 90.3 percent of his passes, which shows his composure and prowess from the back.
With those numbers, WhoScored ranks Chiellini No. 14 among the best in the world.
With an inconsistent, oft-injured and aging back line—Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand are all at least 31 years old—it's no surprise that United wanted Chiellini three years ago (The Mirror).