Among the many things that need fixing at Manchester United, their defence quite clearly needs a proper overhaul for them to compete with the best.
Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side doesn’t boast the world-class defensive unit their elite rivals do and need to make signings to make themselves a fearsome unit again. Far, far from it.
So, the Red Devils are planning on reinforcing their defence, especially the right-back position which has been their Achilles heel all season. According to reports from French outlet L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), United are aiming to sign Thomas Meunier from Paris Saint-Germain. Great, right? Considering he spoke to Belgian outlet DH Sports back in 2017 of his love for the Manchester giants, describing himself as a ‘big fan’.
Well, while the Belgian proved to be an exciting wing-back in the French capital, his frail defensive nature doesn’t make him much of an upgrade over their current options.
Meunier’s a decent option going forward, but considering that United are planning to sign a right-winger (possibly (as per the Sun back last month) Jadon Sancho), his contribution isn’t absolutely necessary. Granted, the PSG ace will reportedly be available for a relatively cheap figure of close to €25 million (roughly £21.6m), something which has attracted the businessman Ed Woodward.
However, the Red Devils cannot be cheap in this regard. Meunier may well have scored or assisted 3 goals in Ligue 1, but his erratic defensive nature made Thomas Tuchel prefer the young Thilo Kehrer ahead of him. Indeed, he isn’t the most stable nor the strongest defender, often getting outwitted by wingers and causing trouble with his shakiness.
United need someone assertive like Aaron Wan-Bissaka as their starting right-back and not the unconvincing Meunier. Granted, he might be a big fan of the Red Devils, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot allow emotions to cloud his judgement in rebuilding United into an elite team once again.
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