The Manchester United fans are feeling apprehensive in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their huge fixture against Manchester City on Saturday evening.
Jose Mourinho has faced plenty of blockbuster encounters in his esteemed career so far, but none have threatened to damage the pride of his club quite like the one he is set to face on Saturday. United travel to The Etihad to face a City side who are just one victory away from securing the Premier League title – a nightmare scenario for the resident Red Devils propping up our bar.
United’s season has been a disappointing one in many respects, and City’s dominance at the summit of the Premier League has arguably represented the most bitter outcome to accept. In light of City’s supremacy, the United supporters in the tavern have been discussing an array of transfer targets who they could potentially pursue in the summer.
One area of the squad which the fans believe is in need of imminent strengthening is left-back, particularly due to Mourinho’s apparent distrust and lack of appreciation for Luke Shaw. Although plenty of the supporters would like to see Mourinho give Shaw more of a chance, it seems the stubborn Portuguese manager has come to a firm conclusion regarding his standing at the club, and recent reports from RMC via (Get French Football News) have served to consolidate the notion that the 22-year-old has no future at Old Trafford.
According to the report, United are interested in signing Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam at the end of the season in a £26 million deal. Ghoulam was enjoying a fine opening to the season with the Italian giants until he suffered a cruciate ligament injury at the end of October, and unfortunately, the Algerian has not featured for the club since he played 90 minutes against Sassuolo on the 29th of October 2017.
Ghoulam (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) would certainly be a brilliant addition to United’s first-team squad, but his arrival would almost certainly end Ashley Young’s career with the club. Although Young is naturally a left-midfield player, he has been brilliant at left-back for the club this season.
However, at 32-years-old Young does not represent a long-term solution to the left-back problem Mourinho faces at this stage in time, and considering the depth of United’s options in midfield, Ghoulam’s arrival is bound to force Young to either play a bit-part role or leave the club in the summer.
The vast majority of supporters will be hoping that Young will stay on and continue his excellent form next season, but it’s likely that the lure of first-team football will prove too strong for him if a club comes calling for his signature.