Manchester United Looking To Sign Defender From Championship

Stoke City's Erik Pieters and team mates celebrate after the match.

Reuters/Carl Recine

Manchester United have to start employing desperate measures in order to land players this summer. The transfer window will be harder than usual for the English side this time around as they lack the allure of Champions League football while Ed Woodward may be hesitant to splash big.

United are expected to make four to five signings in the window but all of those may not be the world-class players that the fans may be expecting the Red Devils to make.

In particular, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt to play the Sir Alex Ferguson card and focus on young and upcoming youngsters who aren’t famous at this point in time.

The Daily Mail indicate one such prospect. According to the reports, United are looking to sign Stoke City starlet Nathan Collins. The 18-year-old Irishman could solve United’s defensive woes, although it is unsure whether he’ll provide the staunch and experienced defender that United need manning their backline.

RELATED:

Man United To Shell Out £70m For Premier League Defender?

The source adds that it was Darren Fletcher, who up until this season had insight into Stoke City, who has advised the Old Trafford outfit to move for Collins.

At the same time, it is an interesting possibility given that United are also linked with Swansea City winger Daniel James.

The notion that a European giant would pursue Championship players is rather odd, but perhaps Solskjaer and company aren’t bothered as much by the tier of football and fame that their signings are used to.

It is quite telling that their academy graduates put up better performances last season than some of the tested and experienced marquee signings the club invested in over the years.

If these claims are true, it may not be a bad experiment for them to indulge in. In fact, it is certainly less harmful than breaking club records over players who may not be a likely return over the seasons.