Premier League 2018-19: 3 players Manchester United could target this summer
- With long-standing targets and players from PL rivals, United should be looking to bolster their defence this summer.
Despite their recent upturn in form under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Manchester United are still having a fairly mediocre season. They currently sit 4th in the Premier League, but only a point off 6th. They have the worst goal difference in the top 4 with +17, and the most goals conceded in the top 4 with 35.
This shows an obvious weakness at the back, which will surely need addressing in the summer. With the exception of Victor Lindelöf, United probably need to replace their entire back four.
Ashley Young is 33, and not a natural right back. None of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones or Eric Bailly have shown they can be good enough consistently to partner Lindelöf long term.
After losing 2-0 at home to PSG, United will likely face an early round of 16 exit in Europe as well. Against PSG, United often looked outclassed in midfield, failing to create clear chances, keep possession, or protect their vulnerable defence.
Matić is rapidly ageing and declining, and Pogba is the only midfielder at the club of notable ability. With such glaring holes in the squad, the Glazer family will likely have to spend big this summer.
Here's a look at three players they could target this summer:
#1 Kalidou Koulibaly
A long-standing target for Manchester United, Koulibaly is tall, strong and athletic. He's also an incredibly composed ball player, averaging 72 passes per game at a 88% success rate.
After a plethora of sub-par centre backs, Koulibaly would add the much-needed quality at the heart of defence. With Koulibaly in the side, Napoli have kept 13 clean sheets in 23 games, conceding just 14 goals in those 23 games at a ratio of 0.61 per game.
After receiving a torrent of racial abuse while playing against Inter Milan, Koulibaly may be more open to a move than in previous seasons. But United would have to part with a monstrous £95m, to sign the Senegalese international according to reports (Metro).