There’s been a lot of transfer talk around Man Utd since Mourinho took the helm. He knew what United needed and wasted no time in securing the players to transform this team, and take us out of the dark days we have all experienced over the last three years.
One position he did not strengthen however, was right back. We currently have the positivity of Valencia going forward and throwing in crosses, but has not got much in terms of defensive positioning. We have Darmian, who is almost the opposite; good and relatively reliable at the back, but not got the skills required in the modern English game to support the wide players upfront.
Should we have strengthened Right Back?
Well, it’s not too difficult to spot that it’s one of the area’s we could do with improving. United were close to signing Fabinho over the summer from Monaco, however he has just sign a two year contract extension with the French Club. There aren’t many other known players on the scene to choose from. Ladies and Gentleman, let me introduce Serge Aurier.
Serge Aurier is a very exciting right back and currently plays for PSG. The 23 year old Ivorian is very strong, quick, aggressive, skilful, brilliant dribbler and can find his man with a range of passing. The lad has it all, he tackles like Bailly, dribbles like Shaw and is fast as Valencia.
Aurier would intimidate opposition strikers and be nuisance going forward linking up with the likes of Mkhitaryan or Rashford; any team would have trouble playing against him.
Could this transfer actually happen?
He signed for PSG from Toulouse in July 2015 for £8.5mil and is currently estimated to be a very valuable £15mil. Considering PSG already have Maquinhos and have just signed Belgium’s Thomas Meunier, they already have cover for Right Back.
For a player of 23, already a rising star, Aurier would be a real coup and tailor made for the Premier League.
Never heard of him? Two words, Eric Bailly.
By Jason Bowditch