It’s fair to say that Manchester United probably require an immediate defensive revamp. A team who conceded 54 goals (their highest in Premier League history), the Red Devils clearly need tightening up at the back.
Ashley Young, for example, lost the ball 30 times against Barcelona in the Champions League and later made four key errors in 15 seconds to allow Lionel Messi to score (Manchester Evening News via SPORTbible) in the second leg. Now, the Argentine might make most players in the world look stupid, but it’s clear that the defenders at Old Trafford could do with some upgrading.
Lee Dixon, one of the most recognisable pundits in England, told Premier League today via the Daily Express in March that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed to make improvements there, after all.
As a result, according to the Mirror, the Red Devils are apparently pushing hard for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who isn’t really proving the easiest to sign. A £40m bid was said to have been rejected (h/t Sky Sports) and the right-back spoke of his focus solely on Selhurst Park in May, surely boosting Steve Parish’s ability to resist offers for him.
That being said, an offer of £60 million (according to ESPN) could potentially force the Eagles into selling and Ed Woodward would make a statement of intent by sealing this deal. After all club legend and perhaps their greatest right-back in history Gary Neville told the Evening Standard in May that the 21-year-old would be a good fit and praise for that position at that club doesn’t come much higher than that.
The Old Trafford faithful’s possible frustration with Young is justified, as having averaged only 1.7 tackles and 1.9 clearances per 90 mins (stats via WhoScored), he’s not exactly proven all that resolute. However, averaging 3.7 tackles, 3.7 clearances and 2.4 interceptions, Wan-Bissaka’s clearly quite a robust defender with a long future in the game ahead of him.
Ray Parlour might have told talkSPORT that the sort of fee required to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams would be ‘absolute madness’ but, looking at the stats and the obvious need for improvement here, it’s hard to argue against it being money well spent.
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