Manchester United are reportedly shifting their focus towards PSG star Thomas Meunier to reinforce their back four in the summer transfer window.
The Sun have speculated that Manchester United have withdrawn their interest in Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Red Devils are now shifting their focus to PSG defender Thomas Meunier as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to reinforce the right side of their defence in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The report states that Diogo Dalot’s promising maiden season at Old Trafford has convinced Solskjaer of the player’s potential, with Dalot featuring more under the Norwegian than Jose Mourinho. This has compelled Solskjaer to look to add more experience to the said position instead of going for Wan-Bissaka.
Thomas Meunier is widely regarded as one of the best attacking full-backs in the world and is a regular for Belgium. His place in the PSG lineup has not changed despite the arrival of Dani Alves, who has been used more as a right midfielder this season by Thomas Tuchel.
Meunier though, has started just four of his last 14 games for PSG. To add to it, the 27-year-old is a Manchester United fan and has made no efforts to hide it throughout his career.
Manchester United extended Ashley Young’s contract and have Dalot as part of their roster. But, Young has been criticised by fans and pundits alike for his recent performances and Dalot will perhaps, need a bit more time to get completely acclimatised to Premier League football, like Victor Lindelof, who has come into his own after initial struggles.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was tipped to be high on the priority list for Solskjaer, who intends to create his own young footballing team a-la Sir Alex Ferguson. But, Dalot’s performances warrant attention while Young’s demand addition of a cultured defender for the extreme right in the back four.
Meunier will add experience to the back four and will bring in some much-needed winning mentality. That Meunier is a Manchester United fan will ensure the player actually plays for the badge, unlike some players who have been criticised by fans for not doing so.
PSG are also likely to not hold Meunier back much, with the French giants expected to overhaul their squad once again in the summer. Meunier would likely relish the chance of playing for the club he is a boyhood fan of and Manchester United will be able to use his experience to strengthen their back four.