Samuel Umtiti & Alex Sandro
According to Duncan Castles in the Sunday Times, Manchester United are gearing up for a major overhaul of their defence in the summer.
Looking at the Premier League table, some may question just how much Jose Mourinho needs to invest at the back. United have only conceded 23 goals in 31 league games: only Man City (21) have let in less.
Is a defensive overhaul more about United’s deficiencies in Europe?
Mourinho’s men were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla in the last-16.
Either way, the two defenders linked with possible moves to Old Trafford this summer are Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.
Man United, Barcelona & Juventus
So how likely is it that Man United sign Umtiti and/or Sandro?
Of course, deals this summer could further be complicated by the World Cup in Russia.
Yet, according to the Times, Man United have already started the process of trying to recruit these stars:
Manchester United are looking to recruit an entire new defensive line as part of plans to overhaul their squad in the summer.
The addition of “decisive” individuals in each of these positions — Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro are among the players already approached — would allow Mourinho to deploy more aggressive tactics against stronger opposition.
Umtiti has a £52.8m release clause at Barcelona, who have failed to meet the France international’s request that his annual salary is more than doubled to £8m.
Juventus are open to selling Sandro this summer if their valuation of the Brazil left-back is met.
Alex Sandro is said to cost at least 50 million pounds.
Man United 2 – Swansea 0
Swansea lost 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League.
Man United took the lead through a fifth minute Romelu Lukaku goal.
Lukaku, who scored twice for Belgium in the international break, is in excellent EPL form right now.
The Belgian has 11 goals and four assists in his last 15 games. Moreover, Lukaku has now chalked up 100 Premier League career goals.
Swansea’s day was over after 20 minutes, as Alexis Sanchez scored his second Man United goal since joining from Arsenal.