REPORT: Manchester United Make Surprising Move for Thomas Meunier

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 18: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Thomas Meunier of Paris Saint-Germain controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park on February 18, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Manchester United have made a surprising move to keep tabs on Thomas Meunier, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport via Dominic Booth of the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester United Make Surprising Move for Thomas Meunier

The Surprising Move from United could be for Experience

Manchester United are currently undergoing a rebuild which is very heavily focussing on youth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given the likes of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams a chance in the first team, and they have both taken it very well, cementing regular appearances there. Tahith Chong is among the others currently breaking out, while James Garner and Hannibal Mejbri look as if they could be ready for more game time next season.

Solskjaer has further demonstrated his trust in youth playing Manchester United’s youngest ever side in a European match during the side’s 2-1 loss to FC Astana in the Europa League group stages. Although the game was virtually meaningless, Solskjaer used it to his advantage and has shown that he has faith in United’s youth many other times.

Other Right-Backs

Although Manchester United only have two right-backs, they are both top quality.

The Red Devils signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka last summer, and he has turned out extremely successfully. Costing United £45 million, plus £5 million in add-ons, the Englishman looks a bargain now. He is arguably the best right-back in the league, with his attacking game the only weakness. Defensively, he is incredible and is one of the best tacklers in the world.

Diogo Dalot is also a very good, and promising, backup. The Portuguese is only 21-years-old and has the ability to play in a more attacking role as well. One of the most exciting talents currently at United, Dalot could be a star of the future there, and another signing at right-back may hinder his progress.

Why the Deal Might go Through

This deal might go through anyway, with the Red Devils having lost third-choice right-back, Ashley Young, in January. The Englishman brought the experience to the side, and Meunier could come in with a similar job, although he highly rated, and would be much more expensive wage-wise.

Furthermore, with Diogo Dalot considering a move to some of United’s Premier League rivals in the summer, they may need a new right-back, and Meunier is a very good candidate.

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