Harry Maguire really makes everyone take their hats off. The England international returned to Manchester United’s starting lineup after nearly leaving the club in the summer. This caused Raphael Varane to grind his crotch on the bench.
Coach Erik ten Hag likes to use Maguire or Varane in a position on the right flank of the central defense. In fact, Man Utd’s ball deployment style does not work smoothly when one of these two players starts in the left center-back position.
As a result, Varane has made his last three appearances for Man United from the bench and has played just 11 minutes in the Premier League since the 2018 World Cup winner was left out of the starting lineup against Manchester City. last month.
The 30-year-old still wants to fight for a starting position but may need to start considering his future at Old Trafford. The fact that Jonny Evans was selected speaks volumes and Man United should prepare for Varane’s possible departure.
Man Utd have been linked with Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo ahead of the January transfer window after failing to sign the player in the summer.
While the French international would be a solid replacement for his compatriot, Sporting Lisbon star Ousmane Diomande could be the perfect ball-holding defender that Man United needs to fill the former Real Madrid star’s position.
This 19-year-old player is really strong in aerial combat ability with a height of up to 1m9. Diomande quickly established himself as a key player for the Primeira Liga club, making 33 appearances in all competitions since joining the club from Midtjylland in January.
Witnessing the outstanding development of young talent, Sporting Lisbon imposed a contract release clause worth 70 million pounds. In addition to Man Utd, Diomande also attracted the attention of Arsenal and Newcastle United.
The Magpies have even followed the Ivory Coast player at least three times this season and are planning a transfer in January. However, Man United also wants the services of this player and has sent scouts watch Diomande during the 1-1 draw with Benfica.
Diomande feels comfortable playing with 3 or 4 defenders. Notably, this player can also be positioned as an attacking full-back and is very comfortable holding the ball and rushing forward.
Diomande also has remarkable pace and could be the perfect long-term replacement for Varane as the Red Devils look to start preparing for a much-needed rebuild at the back. Diomande is strong, possesses an extremely good physical foundation and is suitable for the English football environment.
Tieu Lam | 16:34 November 16, 2023