Man Utd Looking To Secure £50m Double Deal For Crystal Palace Duo

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe talks to Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United faces challenges that aren’t too different from the ones that plagued Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho’s outfits.

The side still lacks a leader in the heart of their defense while their attacking front seems bereft of any real threat from the flanks.

The players purchased as marquee solutions under the previous two regimes seem to be disasters in retrospect and the summer window that is to come places the Norwegian in the unique position of combating some of these woes with well-placed investments.

As of such, their lack of Champions League football may prove to be a blessing in disguise as they can instead focus their resources on some low-profile names.


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As per the Sun, Manchester United are potentially looking at a double swoop for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick Van Aanholt.

While it is not the defensive concern that has been plaguing United the most, the flankmen could provide unique solutions for the Old Trafford outfit.

Wan-Bissaka has proven himself to be amongst the finest players in the spot and the 21-year-old could be the perfect replacement for the outgoing Antonio Valencia. Ashley Young has been manning the spot for the club but the veteran hasn’t been the standout performer for the side.


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Further, Diogo Dalot, who was purchased as a long-term investment as a full-back, still lacks in experience in the region. Even though Wan-Bissaka is just a year older than the Portuguese starlet, his Premier League experience could prove to be a valuable asset.

28-year-old Van Aanholt, on the other hand, is being targeted largely as someone who can provide some competition to Luke Shaw in the left-back spot.

Even though Shaw has been impeccable in that position, United still don’t have any viable alternative to him and the pacey Dutchman could prove to be precisely that.