Thu. Jul 29th, 2021

Ian Wright says Manchester United are still “very weak” defensively and has picked out the player who could solve their problems.

BBC pundit Wright says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men “are there for the taking” down the left side and believes they should go and sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly to solve their problem.

Koulibaly has been linked with United this summer, but it’s neighbours Man City who are understood to be leading the chase for the highly-rated centre-back.

Sport though have claimed that City are not willing to meet the €85m asking price for Koulibaly. That’s because it would not be a worthwhile investment for a 29-year-old.

Speaking to the Kelly and Wrighty show, Wright said: “When you look at United, what they’ve got up front and you put Van de Beek in there with them too – they’ve just made one signing in Fernandes and it all changed, all of a sudden they looked amazing.

“But for me, from the defensive point of view, I just feel that they are still very week.



“We’re hearing that Manchester City might get Koulibaly – United have got to go in there to try and do that deal!

“If you look at them from left-back, yes we know [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is fantastic right-back and a great defender.

‘Address the real problems’


“But [Victor] Lindelof and even Harry Maguire – from the left side they’re there for the taking.

“If you’re gonna go and challenge those teams, that needs to be a lot stronger.”

Wright has urged United to have a rethink over potentially signing Jadon Sancho and told them to focus on their defence.

“I’m not sure where he’d [Sancho] work in United now.

“They’ve got a player in Van de Beek who can play in three positions so that’s good business from them.

“As much as we’re hearing and seeing great things from Jadon Sancho, Man United need to do what Liverpool did – address the real problems and then see where they go from there.”

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