Manchester United have been pretty turgid when it comes to defending over the last few years. In the 2018/19 campaign, 54 league goals was conceded, which is nowhere near good enough if you want to challenge for a title.
A major overhaul is needed in that area of the field, although the poor results seemingly haven’t put off potential suitors from weighing up moves for Red Devils defenders.
According to Monday’s print edition of L’Equipe, translated by Sport Witness, French giants Lyon are looking for a defender, and their search has led them to ‘aim primarily’ for a move for United’s Eric Bailly…
Apparently, Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen are other options for Lyon, and no fee is mentioned, so to me this potential transfer is still in the early stages, with the French club looking to put the feelers out and gauge whether the Old Trafford club would let Bailly leave.
The 25-year-old centre-back has had a mixed time at United. After a great start, the injuries have begun to mount up. Perhaps all he needs is a full pre-season and we can see the Ivorian get back to his brilliant best.
Personally, I feel as though he deserves another season to prove he belongs at the Theatre of Dreams, but if the right offer comes in it would be intriguing to see if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would take it.
At this stage, United already need to sign one top-class centre-back. Should Bailly leave, another would be required. Is that too much work to do in one transfer window given needs in other positions? I think so…