Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s defence has improved ten-fold; probably as expected. The self-proclaimed Special One is known for his astuteness when it comes to setting up his team with a defence-first mindset, but he definitely needs to invest in that area of the field over the summer.
When you look at how injury-prone both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are, that has to be a major concern for the gaffer. The English pair seem to spend half of the campaign out of action with one injury or another, and that’s the case right now as both have been out of action for a couple of months.
We do have Eric Bailly, who was Mourinho’s first signing as Manchester United boss. The Ivorian has been wonderful to watch all season long, but he needs a partner. And there has been many names linked to the club. Many of the very football best betting sites are already taking on different centre backs United can sign this summer.
We’ve drawn up a list of five potential centre-backs that the club could take a look at signing.
One of the most talented centre-backs in the game and he is still just 24-years-old. Raphael Varane has had a mixed time of things out in Spain and has found regular starts hard to come by. He knows Jose Mourinho well from their time together in the capital, and it is definitely a move that could make a whole lot of sense for everyone involved.
SL Benfica’s Victor Lindelof is a player that Manchester United were heavily linked to over the January transfer window. He’s another up and coming talent who is thriving with the regular game-time he is receiving out in Portugal. Mourinho clearly likes him, hence the interest. I wouldn’t be wholly surprised to see the manager take another look in the direction of the Swede in a couple of months time.
A former red, and Michael Keane, who came through the youth academy at the Theatre of Dreams is having an outstanding season. Since moving on and playing week-in-week-out, he has only improved as a footballer and that could be tempting for Mourinho. He’s strong, great in the air, quick and a real leader. He’s also a United fan, what more could you ask for?
Spurs’ versatile Englishman has been used as both a midfielder and centre-back at times. The fact that he’s English is always nice as Dier would count towards the homegrown quota. Obviously, it looks like his current team are in with a great shout of making it into the Champions League, so I’d say this move will be a complete non-starter unless we can offer it too.
Jose Gimenez is a Uruguayan central defender who is plying his trade in La Liga. The Atletico Madrid man looks like he has all the makings to become one of the best on the planet, but he wouldn’t come cheap. It’s a similar scenario as to what could happen with Dier, because I feel there is absolutely no way he will move away from Madrid without Champions League football on the table.