There’s quite obviously a right-back problem at Manchester United.
Indeed, Ashley Young’s disastrous performances time and again along with Antonio Valencia’s departure this summer means the Red Devils need to prioritize on strengthening that position come next season.
Diogo Dalot is still very much inexperienced and has much to learn, but if he gets proper healthy competition in that role, he could thrive under pressure. According to reports from Italian outlet Calciomercato, the Red Devils are looking at AC Milan’s Davide Calabria as their right-back option next season, a target who would definitely work.
Indeed, the Italian’s been in solid form in Serie A, putting in some commanding performances to help Milan in their quest for a Champions League spot. He’s made 26 league appearances this season and has been an industrial figure to sniff out attacks, winning back possession multiple times.
It’s been a problem position for United for years now and, despite links with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, surely the Italian would be cheaper. Yes, the Red Devils aren’t exactly strapped for cash, but any way to cut costs to free up funds for the rest of the squad would be wise.
The loss to Barcelona certainly proved that the club are quite a few players off being able to mix it with the real elite, so even their financial might needs some managing when it comes to a surely likely overhaul.
Calabria’s averaging at 3 tackles, 2.2 clearances and 1.2 interceptions per game (stats via WhoScored), neutralizing the threat of some top wingers throughout. That kind of solidity hasn’t been seen at Old Trafford for quite a few years now. Furthermore, he’s played an influential role in helping his side maintain one of the tightest defensive records in Italy, helping his side keep 7 clean-sheets by putting in some commendable defensive performances.
Interestingly, the defender is valued at £18 million (by Transfermarkt).
While things might not have worked out for Matteo Darmian at United, Calabria’s still young and brimming with potential. Clearly, Milan aren’t what they used to be, though he’s got experience in playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and all the pressure that comes with it.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can work wonders with him and use him in tandem with Dalot. Both the young full-backs can learn different trades by playing with each other, keeping each other at their toes with competitiveness and keeping the Red Devils’ defence squeaky clean.
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