LOWDOWN: Who is Man Utd target Denzel Dumfries
It appears that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may prefer an attacking full-back in Denzel Dumfries over the defensive-minded Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
If you’ve never heard of Denzel Dumfries, you may recognise him from the recent UEFA Nations League Semi-Final as part of the Dutch setup that snubbed out England. Dumfries had a good game at full-back, proving to be a handful for the likes of Sterling and Sancho.
He had an impressive season in the Dutch League ‘Eredivisie’, being in every starting 11 for PSV Eindhoven with 34 appearances which involved 4 goals and 7 assists. Comparing this to current full-back Ashley Young’s 2018/19 Premier League season, which saw the Manchester United captain bag only 2 goals and 2 assists in 30 games. It shows that this young Dutchman could provide more for this underperforming Manchester United attack, which desperately needs the ball on a plate in order to score goals.
Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer entice a world-class centre-back to Manchester United, such as De Ligt, Maguire or Koulibaly. It may allow more room for a free and attacking full-back, whilst a solid defender can cover for him behind.
According to very recent reports, Manchester United are looking to sign the young Dutchman Denzel Dumfries, 23 years of age, for around £25million. Half of what Crystal Palace expect for the services of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. By saving £25million on the right-back position it should allow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to spend bigger in other areas, especially with the rumoured departures of the big names at Old Trafford including the likes of Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Romelu Lukaku.
It is clear that Solskjaer is somewhat trying to replicate the old-school setup of Manchester United. Having recently acquired the Welsh winger Daniel James, who will be crucial to Manchester United’s counter-attacking format.
Denzel Dumfries comes at a much lower price than Wan-Bissaka despite being two years older, but this is due to Wan-Bissaka being young, English and Premier League proven. Wan-Bissaka would surely bolster the arguably terrible Manchester United defence, but Solskjaer may risk this in order to develop a more fast-paced and counter-attacking Manchester United unit.