Manchester United ‘will NOT be looking at a new center-back this summer’, despite Victor Lindelof looking for a weak link – as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chooses to focus on a right winger and left back.
- United was a defensive mess when Crystal Palace won 3-1 at Old Trafford
- The pressure on Ed Woodward is mounting to stop the money this summer
- But reinforcements will reportedly not include a new central defense option
- United’s transfer plans for the summer remain focused on the right-wing forward
- The negotiations with Borussia Dortmund about Jadon Sancho are at an impasse
- United could sign another left back with ongoing talks for Porto’s Alex Telles
Manchester United ‘have no plans to sign a center-back during the current transfer window’ despite their defensive horror show against Crystal Palace.
Their first-choice central defensive pair Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof appeared vulnerable to Palace’s pace in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
With other options in that division, including Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi, United saw no need to prioritize another center-back this summer.
Manchester United ‘will not buy a new center-back during the current transfer window’ despite Harry Maguire and co struggling in defeat to Crystal Palace
Victor Lindelof struggled against Palace’s pace on Saturday, but there are reportedly no plans to sign anyone else in the central defense before the window closes on Oct. 5.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches as his United side lose their Premier League opener
And, according to The athletic, those plans have not changed despite Palace revealing significant weakness in that area.
That’s despite the fact that United is reportedly being offered players who could potentially bolster their defense.
Instead, United have focused on recruiting another midfielder, with Donny van de Beek coming over from Ajax for £ 35m and a right-sided forward.
However, negotiations over Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho have stalled and the clubs still disagree on the English star’s £ 108 million valuation.
Talks with Borussia Dortmund over the signing of Sancho have reached an impasse on compensation
The pressure on Ed Woodward is mounting to spend the next two weeks and bring in new purchases
Chris Smalling, who was loaned out to Roma last season, is back in United’s roster
Saturday’s hopeless performance has increased pressure on Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward to reinvest heavily to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team competitive despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But it seems that any further spending before the window closes on October 5 will be in other parts of the field and not in the center of the defense.
However, it’s possible that a new left back will arrive with United holding talks for Porto’s Alex Telles, who would compete with Luke Shaw.