The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern think that their squad is close to perfect. With Romelu Lukaku leading the line, David De Gea standing at the foot of the side and Nemanja Matic controlling the midfield, there certainly aren’t many areas that the Red Devils could look to improve. Jose Mourinho, though, seemingly still has an issue with at least one area of his squad.
He has yet to find a solution to his left-back woes, with Luke Shaw clearly not a favourite of the Portuguese, and according to ESPN, he is working hard to find an answer. ESPN report that Man Utd scouts watched Espanyol defender Aaron Martin feature against Levante on Friday, with the Red Devils also keen to keep in touch with his club regarding a potential move in the future.
Despite being just 20-years-old, Martin is a regular for his club in La Liga, having already made 8 appearances so far this season. A fairly offensively-minded defender, he is a fantastic dribbler and passer of the ball, though he is very solid defensively too. Espanyol currently have a -4 goal difference, which whilst is far from perfect, is fairly decent given that they’ve struggled domestically in general.
Man Utd do have options at left-back, but Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear content. Luke Shaw, though a fantastic player, has struggled for fitness under the Portuguese manager, and so Mourinho’s concerns are certainly valid with him. Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have both struggled too, meaning that there is certainly an improvement to be made here.
Could Martin be that improvement? That remains to be seen.
He’s clearly a very talented player, but at 20-years-old, his experience could be a problem. Jose Mourinho typically prefers more experienced players, though he could make an exception here. Espanyol didn’t concede on Friday, and so the Man Utd brass will have likely been impressed.
With a deal said to be possible in January, Man Utd could certainly reach an agreement, but further scouting will be needed.
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