Manchester United’s defence shipped 54 league goals this season. For a team that is supposed to be fighting it out for major honours, that’s just not good enough.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly intent on bringing in a new centre-half this summer, but he has been dealt a blow in that regard. According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, United have seen their €110m (£96.5m) bid for Kalidou Koulibaly turned down.
Napoli’s chairman, Aurelio De Laurentiis clearly remains intent of keeping ahold of their talisman until at least next summer – when a release clause of €150m (£131.7m) activates.
Koulibaly is world-class. Aged 27, the Senegal international is right in his prime and there’s no doubt he’d be a major upgrade on what United have in the centre-back spot.
He’s quick, strong, brilliant in the air and a real leader. It’s those leadership qualities that is his biggest selling point for me, particularly given how spineless this team looks when they go a goal behind.
I do worry about the figures involved though. Although unlikely, there is serious bust potential if United spend anywhere around the £100million mark on a player. Alexis Sanchez is the perfect example of that as he was expected to help this club become contenders again, when in actuality, he made us worse…