The Manchester United fans have mixed feelings about their club’s performance during the current campaign, but the vast majority are willing to accept that Jose Mourinho needs to be active in the summer transfer window to instigate a dramatic improvement next season.
Manchester United have been left in a cloud of dust behind their local-rivals Manchester City this season in the race for the Premier League title and, everybody associated with the club will be desperately hoping to avoid a repeat during the next campaign. Mourinho will certainly need to revamp his squad in order to achieve this with plenty of players moving in both directions.
And according to The Sun, United have already started making preparations for the summer by sending a scout to watch Alfie Mawson during Swansea City’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion last weekend. The report suggests that United will attempt to prise him away from the Swans this summer, but the Red Devils would be wise to consider other options aside from Mawson.
Swansea’s rising talent has been mightily impressive this season and he deservedly earned an England call-up recently following a string of fine performances. However, Mawson is inexperienced at the highest reaches of the game, so it’s difficult to tell whether he has the potential to become a top quality centre back just yet.
With that in mind, Mourinho should turn his attention to a player who has already established himself as one of the best centre-backs on the continent, namely Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt). Umtiti is the same age as Mawson at 24, but his achievements and level of experience far outweigh that of United’s rumoured target.
The French international is a commanding physical presence who is incredibly difficult to bypass due to his combination of defensive intelligence, speed and strength, whilst his ability to play out from the back is exactly what you would expect from an employee of the Catalan giants.
If United want to re-write the wrongs from the current campaign and go head-to-head with their local-rivals for the Premier League title next season, they simply have to be more ambitious with their transfer targets and target Umtiti over Mawson.
Mawson is certainly a player for United to keep a close eye on for now, but in terms of immediate signings, Umtiti is the centre-back Mourinho should be aiming to bring to Old Trafford this summer.
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