Having failed to secure a top four finish for the second time in three years, Manchester United spent close to £150m in the summer to reinforce their squad. They added some world class talents like Lukaku and Matic to their squad, however, they failed to sign an ideal left-back, which has been a major concern for them in the past few years.
After Patrice Evra left Old Trafford in 2014, there is no denying that United have been struggling to find a proper replacement for the Frenchman. Luke Shaw was considered as his long-term successor when Louis Van Gaal signed the Englishman from Southampton, but the fast and dynamic defender has struggled for form and fitness so far.
Shaw made his comeback after four months against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup, but failed to make real impact, and his performance on Wednesday has been a subject of criticism.
In the absence of Shaw, United have been trying Darmian, Blind, and Ashley Young at left-back, but none of them have been really threatening.
To sort out these problems, United are keeping tabs on Celtic ace Kieran Tierney, and the Red Devils reportedly sent scouts to watch him in action against Dundee on Thursday. The Daily Record adds that Jose Mourinho is desperate to put an end to the left-back woes by signing Tierney in the January transfer window.
It remains to be seen whether United pull off this signing in January, as there is no doubt that the suitable left-back is badly needed for the English giants to fight for the domestic and European crown.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
United fan since Edwin Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to earn a dramatic Euro glory. Firmly believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or until he plays this sport. One time writer for GiveMeSport and Roar. A regular contributor to Sportskeeda and BlameFootball.