Marco Reus’ strengths and weaknesses analysed amid Man Utd transfer links

Manchester United have been linked with Marco Reus, and here we round up the German’s strengths and weaknesses.

Manchester United continue to be linked with incomings as they enjoy fine form in the Premier League,

There is suddenly a bright outlook surrounding Old Trafford following a superb winning run on the back of the World Cup break, including a comeback win over reigning champions Manchester City last time out. Erik ten Hag does want to improve his squad this month, but there are concerns he will not be able to spend significant cash due to uncertainty over the ownership situation.

Though, United may also be looking ahead to the summer window, with contract situations potentially offering opportunities. One of those opportunities could include Marco Reus, and here we round up why.

The latest report

During United’s clash with City, the Daily Mail snapped pictures of Reus’ agents at Old Trafford.

That is significant because Reus is out of contract with current club Borussia Dortmund at the end of this season. Dortmund are said to be in talks over a new deal, but they haven’t managed to strike one yet. In the meantime, it seems Reus’ agents are shopping their client around to see if there is interest from elsewhere.

That may be to leverage against Dortmund in contract talks, or it may be because Reus is interested in a fresh challenge. Either way, it seems United may be interested in striking a pre-contract agreement, already able to agree a deal.

Reus’ strengths

Reus is a dangerous attacker, scoring nine times and assisting 17 last season in the Bundesliga from out an attacking midfield or wide role, and he managed eight league goals and as many assists in the season before. The German is a consistent performer, always involved in plenty of goals, and that’s where he stands out above all - he delivers at the top end of the pitch.

He is a very good finisher, and Reus has an instinct to arrive in the area at the right time. As you would expect for a player of his position, he can produce fine through balls, and he’s pretty nifty from set-pieces, too. Reus is not the speddiest player, but he is very quick over 10 yards or so, with quick acceleration.


Let’s start with injury issues. Reus has missed plenty of time through injury, including some major tournaments with Germany. He has a history of muscular and ankle injuries, and he is known for being injry prone.

Beyond that, Reus does have a tendency to show frustration on the pitch, and stats show he does lose the ball a little more than he would like on his first touch. Scouts also say Reus can struggle with certain tactical defences, but that’s where a good coach comes in to ensure he has space to succeed.