Interest in Danny Rose became a low priority to Manchester United after Luke Shaw’s dramatic improvement in the 2018/19 season, but who can Solskjaer bring in to instil some competition in that left-back role?
Luke Shaw bagged himself a Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award as well as the Players’ Player of the Year award, amongst the respect of his peers and fans, as evidenced by his 29 Premier League appearances in the 2018/19 season, compared to only 11 Premier League appearances in the season before.
In Manchester United’s current squad, Luke Shaw is the only established left-back. As it stands, during times of his unavailability, he is being replaced by the former winger Ashley Young or the young Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot, who favours the right-hand side of the field.
Therefore, as opposed to signing the 28-year-old English left-back Danny Rose, it may make more sense for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seek a younger prospect to compete for Shaw’s spot.
Let’s have a look at two alternatives which may benefit Solskjaer’s rebuild of Manchester United…
At only one year his senior, Valencia’s José Gayà could share the left-back responsibility with the seemingly over-worked Luke Shaw. Both talents still have a lot to prove at top-flight football, as well as impress their national sides, with Shaw having only 8 caps for England and José Gayà with only 5 for Spain.
This fast-paced and attacking full-back can provide both precise crosses and through balls, making him alike to the old-school Manchester United full-back legacies such as Gary Neville and Patrice Evra. José Gayà is currently valued at around £45million.
Alternatively, at a year younger than Luke Shaw, Kieran Tierney has recently been a hot topic of football’s young prospects after making headlines for his current club Celtic, the Scottish champions. The young left-back is currently gaining attraction from clubs such as Leicester City, Lyon and Arsenal, at an asking price of around £26million.
Tierney could potentially challenge Luke Shaw for the left-back position at Manchester United, beginning as a rotation player due to his lack of experience in the Premier League.