Man United target Spanish left-back to solve problem area

United target Spaniard

Manchester United have identified a Spanish left-back as the player who could solve their problem area.

Jose Mourinho has had to rotate his selections at left-back because there isn’t a standout choice.

ESPN reports that Espanyol defender Aaron Martin is being targeted for the coming transfer windows. The 20-year-old has impressed in the opening weeks of the season, playing every minute of their La Liga opening.

United scouts were in attendance to see him play for Espanyol in their clash with Levante on Friday night.

Martin is under contract with Espanyol until 2022 after signing a new deal in January.

His buy-out clause is set at €40 million but Espanyol may accept less for the Spain U21 international.

Left-back issues

When he was signed in 2014 Luke Shaw was the most expensive teenager of all time. There was a lot of hype around the former Southampton left-back and he failed to deliver in his first season.

Early in his second season, Shaw was showing glimpses of the player United forked out all that money for.

Louis van Gaal could trust Shaw after he overcame fitness issues. He was solid at the back and helpful in the attack. Then tragedy struck when he broke his leg in a Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven.

Shaw hasn’t been the same since and it looks as though his United career is effectively over.

Jose Mourinho has used a variety of players at left-back with Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Daley Blind all being played in the full-back position. Marcos Rojo, currently injured, has also had a shift or two there.

Rojo later received praise for his performances at centre-half. This was a reminder that he was being played out of position on the left, as are the other players. United need a specialist at left-back.