Romano: Manchester United have decided ‘months ago’ they will sign a new ‘important’ player in this key position

Manchester United decided months ago to sign a new left-back amidst an injury crisis

“Never underestimate the power of competition to drive success.”

– Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun (2010)

Manchester United have a duo of left backs in the roster, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia, despite that he has been linked with a move for another full-back as both the aforementioned players have dealt with consistent injury concerns in the ongoing season.

Manchester United ace Luke Shaw is expected to miss a couple of months due to a hamstring injury. (Image Credit: Getty Images)
Manchester United ace Luke Shaw is expected to miss a couple of months due to a hamstring injury. (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag has been playing a side without a natural left-back for the majority part of the season. The Red Devils did bring in experienced left-back Sergio Reguilon on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur. The 27-year-old was signed on a pre-agreed break clause that United activated when the left-back situation looked a bit resolved, but that was just a stopgap blur.

He was sent back to London as the club’s staff believed Tyrell Malacia could return into the first-team fold, according to a report by The Athletic, the 24-year-old is expected to be serving the sidelines for the rest of the season while Luke Shaw isn’t expected to feature till May following a hamstring injury.

Manchester United had to play Victor Lindelof at left-back against Everton on Saturday.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano believes that the Reds from Manchester are planning to bring a new left-back at Old Trafford in the upcoming summer. He insists United want a ‘young’ left-back who can challenge Luke Shaw.

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If Manchester United are to sign another left-back that will make it three in the position next season, while it serves as a precaution for suffering because of injuries like Erik ten Hag’s side this season and breeding competition will also serve for excellence.