Manchester United’s defensive issues have been well documented this term. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now knows that all-too-well after conceding seven goals in his last two outings.
For me, it all stems from a basic lack of investment in that area of the field. Jose Mourinho wasn’t backed last summer but the problem goes way beyond twelve months ago. It’s damning that four of the back five who started in the Camp Nou last week were dumped out of the Champions League group stage back in 2011 by FC Basel. That tells you all you need to know.
Going forward, it seems to be an area that the United coaching staff have identified as one that needs fixing. Every other day it feels as though we’re linked with a new defender and today, another name has been thrown into the mix.
According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are keeping tabs on the £15million-rated right-back Reece James.
The defender, who is only 19, is currently enjoying a stellar season on loan for Wigan Athletic in the Championship. He was even named in the Championship Team of the Season for his top performances and at the very least he’d bring some youthful exuberance to the table.
With it looking possible that both Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are to leave this summer, United need a new right-back. Is James ready to come and slot straight into the starting line-up immediately? Probably not, but he has great ability and given time he could be the long-term solution.
If the price is right this is a deal I’d sanction due to James’ versatility but in my honest opinion we need someone who can come in and play right away, someone who preferably has Premier League experience who James can sit in behind and learn from.