Manchester United’s pre-season tour has certainly been a successful one so far, with the Red Devils still unbeaten, despite the fact they’ve played some superb teams. However, one area that potentially needs more work is the transfer front, with the club adding two new players so far this summer.
One of the guys brought in was Victor Lindelof from SL Benfica, highlighting the defensive third as one of our potential problem areas. This has also been outlined as an issue by one of the greatest defenders in our history; Gary Pallister.
The four-time Premier League champion has claimed that although we have solid options at right-back and centre-back, the left-back area could leave us in trouble.
Pallister talks about Luke Shaw being constantly injured, as well as discussing the fact that Matteo Darmian has played out there recently – although he’s naturally a right-sided defender.
‘They’ve brought in a new defender in Lindelof and when you add him to Bailly it looks very good,’ Pallister told 888sport, as per The Metro.
‘They’ve also got Rojo in there who came to the fore last year and was terrific until he suffered a serious knee injury. Then you also have Smalling and Jones who have a lot to prove.’
‘It looks like we’re keeping [David] De Gea which is great because we’ve seen in the past how difficult it is to replace top quality goalkeepers – it took us a long time to replace Peter Schmeichel when he left the club. Valencia has come on leaps and bounds and his outstanding performances led to Jose calling him one of the best right-backs in the world.’
‘The only question mark is at left-back. Shaw has had injury problems and he’s found it hard to catch the manger’s eye. Jose was quite tough on him last season. Then there’s Darmian who is a right-back playing at left-back. Overall though we have a lot of the bases covered and there’s a lot of quality in there.’
I absolutely love Shaw and I think he’s still got the potential to be one of the best in the business in the left-back role. The main concern is that he struggles to get himself out on the field due to injuries.
However, it doesn’t really seem like the gaffer plans to try and address that area this summer, although the club have apparently eyed a potential move for Danny Rose for next year if the club finally decides to stop giving opportunities to the aforementioned Shaw.
To be brutally honest, United need success in the here and now and if there wasn’t already other problems that Mourinho had to address, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a new left-back brought in. As of right now, there are more pressing matters – like the holding midfielder role for instance.