Manchester United target Brentford star in shock transfer

The Red Devils could be set for a deadline day dash

Manchester United are making enquiries about a shock move for Brentford defender Rico Henry as they look to find a replacement fullback before the transfer deadline, it has emerged.

The Red have been handed a major blow after it emerged that Shaw has picked up a hamstring injury that will leave him sidelined for some time, with backup left-back Tyrell Malacia also still recovering from an injury that he picked up at the end of last season.

This issue forced Erik ten Hag to utilise Diogo Dalot at left-back in their 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest, but there is hope that a new defender will arrive before the clash with Arsenal this weekend.

It was believed that they had narrowed their wishlist down to three names, but the Daily Mail report that another man they have lined up is Henry, who has become a pivotal part of Thomas Frank’s Brentford side and is under consideration for Thursday’s England squad ahead of the international break.

Under contract with Brentford until 2026, Henry has played in all three of their opening Premier League games and missed just one outing last season, making him a key man for the Bees, who are already without Ivan Toney.

Because of this, it is added that ‘it is understood they maybe more open to considering his departure at the end of the season’, when they are also expected to lose Toney after the striker changed agents in anticipation of a move.

An emergency loan seems more likely for the Red Devils, who are keen to add another goalkeeper and midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window and are unlikely to be willing to splash a hefty fee on a third left-back solely as a result of injuries.

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