Date: 14th March 2019 at 5:01pm
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Regular visitors to this site will be acutely aware of just how much speculation we’ve reported on with regards to the possibility, this summer, of Manchester United signing a top-class centre-back.

It is speculation that has gathered momentum since the days when Jose Mourinho was the occupant of the Old Trafford managerial hot-seat.

However, the last couple of days have seen different scenarios being reported by those who control the mainstream media.

Yesterday, the red-top publication, the Sun, was championing the inference that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, who is widely tipped to become the next permanent boss of the club, is set to abandon the prospect of spending £80 million on a centre-back and is, instead, prepared to give those already on the clubs’ books, the chance to prove themselves.

But, fast forward 24-hours and a completely different picture is painted by the media.

Firstly, the red-top publication, the Mirror, is of the opinion that Manchester United are still looking to acquire a centre-back and are focussing on signing the Tottenham Hotspur player, Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld, 30-years-of-age, is an experienced campaigner and available for a cut-price £26 million, courtesy of a clause in the Belgian internationals contract.

Continuing on the same theme, the same new source we opened this article with, the Sun, who, yesterday, reported that Manchester United were not pursuing the purchase of a centre-back this summer, are happy to report that Manchester United are set to be thwarted in their apparent chase to sign the Brazilian defender, currently on the books of Porto, Eder Militao, with Real Madrid looking to be the 21-year-olds preferred option.

Apparently, Real Madrid are willing to pay Porto £45 million for the player they acquired for a meagre £3 million.

Here at Vital Manchester United, recapping on the above, we’d have no problems with Solksjaer adding Alderweireld to the squad, he’s a proven defender and would complement those centre-backs we already have.

But, do you concur with my view or strongly disagree?

Please feel free to have your say in the comment facility beneath this article.

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One Reply to “The United Centre-Back Conundrum Continues To Prove Interesting”

  • Na no thanks, not our cup of tea because he had his chance to come over to us the last couple of years and he didn’t. We’re not beggars for wrong players thank you.

    We don’t need another one who’s given his best years to another club who then comes to us to top up his pension pot. Naff him. I want someone who is worth our hard made cash and not spank less away on someone not worth it.

    TA is on the wrong side of his career now and is only going to regress more next year. We have Smalling and Jones as our experienced CB’s and Lindof is only 24 yet is our starter.

    We have 2 dead weight players at CB, Bailiy and Rojo. I’d much rather flog them 2 and then bring in De Ligt from Ajax, or something else that’s true to our club and give Axel Tuanzebe a shot. Reportedly AT is pretty damn good, with the ball at his feet and good in the air.

    FYI he’s been working with Big Man John Terry this season at Aston Villa. AT established himself as a top CB and gained experience in the Championship, so a natural progression to the Epl with us is only logical step for him.

    Then the question is do we abandon Axel Tuanzebe and go for Matis De Ligt because he’s established in the weaker Dutch League but has experience in Europe..

    This should be our CB conundrum, not about buying an aging Tottenham wasteman.

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