Manchester United Transfer News: Breaking Down How Fernandinho Would Fit

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 10, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 18:  Fernandinho of FC Shakhtar Donetsk celebrates his goal during the Ukrainian League match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Karpaty Lviv held on October 18, 2009 at the Donbass Arena, in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Fernandinho can do it all, and the Brazilian may soon be doing it all in Manchester. 

Exactly which powerhouse in Manchester, however, is still a bit of an unknown (via talkSPORT):

Intriguingly, the 27-year-old Brazil international says he is leaving Shakhtar and moving to Manchester in January, but he has not said which club he will be joining.

"I am closing a deal with an English club. I will play in Manchester in January," he told Calciomercato.

It's important to take that type of vague statement with a peanut-sized grain of salt, but there's no doubting just how valuable Fernandinho would be to Manchester United

It all starts with his ability to defend. 

The Red Devils are in firm control of the EPL after their 3-2 victory over Manchester City in the derby on Sunday, as they now have 39 points to the Citizens' 33. Chelsea sits in third with 29.

Still, that doesn't mean it's time to stop trying to get better. The back four could still use an upgrade, or at the very least, some help.

United has given up 23 goals in EPL play this season, which is eighth most in the league. Of course, when Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney and any of the other 73 goal scorers on this squad are finding the back of the net at such a scorching rate, that doesn't really matter. 

Nevertheless, the defense is something that could use improvement down the line, especially as Champions League play heats up. Fernandinho could help in that department.

The midfielder is a true box-to-box player and he has proven during the Champions League that he certainly has the ability to defend with precision when called upon. 

In six matches for Shakhtar Donetsk, Fernandinho has compiled some amazing stats: 3.3 tackles, 3.5 interceptions and just two fouls per game. He is effectively aggressive and would give the Red Devils a much needed improvement in the back. 

Moreover, Fernandinho has proven to be just as valuable when moving up in the attack. 

So far in the Champions League, the talented Brazilian is completing 64 passes per match at a success rate of 88.5 percent. He has completed 1.7 key passes and 4.7 accurate long balls per contest as he has beautifully linked the back with the strikers.

Throw in his key goal against Chelsea to help Shakhtar advance to the knockout stage, and it's clear that Fernandinho has been one of the top players in the UCL this season.

It's also clear how quickly he would improve an already terrific Manchester United squad.