How can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer improve the Man Utd defence without spending big this summer?
If the links between Manchester United and defenders such as De Ligt, Maguire, Koulibaly and Diop hold any weight, it proves that the Manchester United board are desperate to add a world class defender to the mix. However, with Man Utd, they seem to be displeased about the drastic inflation of the price of defenders, as players like Wan-Bissaka and Issa Diop are being bid for and rejected.
It is rumoured that West Ham are looking for a similar price to what Liverpool paid Southampton for Van Dijk; £75million. However, much like with the case of trying to haggle for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, United entertained a swap deal where West Ham enquired about Anthony Martial for Issa Diop, to which Ed Woodward reportedly responded with a £45million bid plus Phil Jones.
It is evident that Manchester United need to massively improve their defence but are not willing to part with the cash.
With this in mind, here are two cheaper alternatives to signing Issa Diop or any other £60million+ defenders…
Tuanzebe, 21, has just finished a fantastic loan spell at Aston Villa where he was a huge factor in the club’s promotion to the Premier League, so much so that Villa are desperate to keep hold of him. With Axel Tuanzebe’s future under scrutiny, many Manchester United fans are questioning the ambition of the club by not giving the 21-year-old future star a contract but are happy to give a three-year contract to Juan Mata, a 31-year-old. Many would argue that Tuanzebe is ready for first team football at Man Utd, including the kid himself.
When fit, Bailly is a joy to watch. His aggression, energy and ferocity bring nostalgia to United fans who remember United greats from Steve Bruce to Nemanja Vidic.
However, injury setbacks resulted in Bailly never getting a fair run of games to find stability and form, hence the odd mistake here and there. If Bailly and Lindelof can strike up a partnership and remain injury free for most of the season, it could save Man Utd the pain of risky record signing fees whilst still achieving a solid defence to protect the goalkeeper throughout the new season.