Ligue 1

£13.5m-rated PSG outcast would be Man United’s ideal long-term Antonio Valencia replacement

The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are wondering what role their fringe fullbacks will play in the future. Both Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw have only featured sporadically this season with Jose Mourinho preferring to convert wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young into fullbacks.

And Matteo Darmian is thought to be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer. The Italy international is just not getting the game time he needs and a return to Serie A could be on the cards. If he leaves, though, Manchester United will be lacking strength in depth at the back.

The Red Devils should, therefore, make a move for Thomas Meunier of Paris Saint-Germain. The 21-cap Belgium international is a very competent fullback and he also fits Mourinho’s profile of an attack-minded player in that position. Meunier has played 15 games for PSG this season, scoring three times, amid the vast array of talent on offer in the French capital.

But with Dani Alves also at PSG, Meunier could look for a move away. And Manchester United should definitely look to bring the 26-year-old right back to the club as their long-term solution in that position. Antonio Valencia has served them well over the last few years there but his contract expires in summer 2019 and he is 32-years-old.

Meunier (rated at just £13.5m on Transfermarkt) is a younger option who could become a star at Manchester United over the next few years with regular game time. With Darmian’s exit looking increasingly likely, moving for Thomas Meunier seems like a sensible option for Manchester United this January.


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