Manchester United open talks to sign potential Tyrell Malacia replacement

Manchester United's Tyrell Malacia in action.

Tyrell Malacia has not played a single minute for Manchester United this season REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Manchester United are in contact with Nice defender Melvin Bard, as they prioritize strengthening their options at left-back. 

The Red Devils have struggled with injuries all season. Ahead of their mid-week visit to Chelsea, it was confirmed both Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof will be out of action for at least a month due to muscle injuries.

The left side of United’s backline, in particular, has remained thin on paper. Apart from Martinez, both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia have spent large parts of the season on the sidelines.

This predicament has supposedly led to the club’s hierarchy tweaking their transfer plans and subsequently making an approach for Bard.

Manchester United open talks for Melvin Bard

According to Standard, United had been exploring options at right-back in January. However, now, they intend to focus on signing a new left-back this summer.

Both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot have impressed this term. Apart from doing their job in their natural position, but have also stepped in at left-back due to Shaw and Malacia’s injuries.

The report adds that United are in contact with Melvin Bard. The 23-year-old left-back is one of the club’s targets ahead of the summer transfer window.

The attacking full-back, who plays for INEOS-owned club Nice, has enjoyed a promising campaign in Ligue 1 and is expected to be part of France’s squad for Euro 2024.

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Apart from his injury struggles, Malacia has also been far from brilliant under Erik ten Hag. As such, United could do with replacing him with someone like Bard to properly challenge Shaw next season.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also working on improving United’s team behind the scenes. The Old Trafford outfit is in talks to rope in both Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox to elevate their recruitment strategy.