Julián Álvarez has already shown that he can give Manchester City an advantage that Manchester United should fear – Alex Brotherton

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Manchester City look set to complete the signing of Argentine forward Julián Álvarez from River Plate in the coming days, for an initial fee of £17.9m.

The 21-year-old will remain at his current club until the end of the season and could join City until November if River progress to the latter stages of the Copa Libertadores.

Álvarez’s 22 goals in 45 matches last season propelled River to the title, while also earning him the title of South American Footballer of the Year.

Goals in general aside, it seems Alvarez has one particular skill that will strike fear into the hearts of Manchester United supporters: scoring goals on derby day.

Many comparisons are being made between Álvarez and Sergio Agüero, perhaps a bit unfair given Kun’s legendary status at the Etihad Stadium and in world football.

But where the parallels can are drawn are their performances against their bitter rivals.

In 13 Premier League appearances against United, Agüero scored eight goals and scored nine in 16 games in all competitions. Whether he was hitting the ball in the top corner after weaving his way from one side of the penalty area to the other or getting in on the act during a 6-1 demolition, Aguero loved hitting enemies on the other side of the penalty area. town.

Now, Manchester derbies can be pretty nasty affairs, but the match has nothing to do with the Argentine Superclásico.

Julián Álvarez of River Plate celebrates winning the Argentine First Division at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on November 25, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (Photo by Matías Baglietto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
City are expected to announce the signing of Julián Álvarez in the coming days

River Plate vs. Boca Juniors is perhaps the fiercest derby in world football, and that just seemed to pump Álvarez up and make him play his best.

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In six games with the team synonymous with Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez and Juan Román Riquelme, Álvarez scored three goals in 313 minutes, including a game-winning brace in the most recent Superclásico.

On October 3, 2021, River received Boca at El Monumental in Buenos Aires in the highest Argentine category. River were at the top of the pile with Boca struggling in ninth place but, like City on their trips to Old Trafford in recent years, River showed no mercy.

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Thanks to the madness of former United defender Marcos Rojo, the visitors were reduced to 10 men with just 16 minutes left after the centre-back picked up two yellow cards in quick succession.

United fans will hope this isn’t a premonition of things to come, but Alvarez soon went on a rampage.

With 25 minutes to go, the number nine won the ball just outside the center circle and began to charge forward. Some 30 yards from goal, he missed his challenger by cutting inside to his right and launched a looping effort high towards goal.

It was an absolutely impressive effort, surpassed only by the roars of the thousands of home fans who packed the famous old stadium.

Just before halftime, he got his second and effectively ended the match, timing his run perfectly before deftly landing a deft drop shot from the edge of the six-yard box.

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Only in the two goals, the similarities with Agüero were obvious. The dazzling long-range shot recalled Kun’s ability to surprise goalkeepers and defenders with snaps from distance, while the second reflected the City legend’s instincts and cunning of movement.

River won the match 2-1 and their fans had a new hero.

City have not had a brilliant record against United of late, particularly at home, having won just one of their last six league games with their rivals at the Etihad Stadium.

If Alvarez can help improve that record, he will also be assured of hero status at City.

Do you think Julián Álvarez could become United’s new nemesis? follow our Town is our writer Alex Brotherton on Twitter to join in the discussion and give us your feedback in the comments section below.



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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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