Manchester United Eye Cheaper Centre Back Alternative To Kalidou Koulibaly
Manchester United's lack of an elite centre back pairing has been a thorn in their proverbial side ever since the departure of club legends Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidić
Yet the club's recent links to certain defenders to solve their defending woes has drawn criticism from waves of irate fans on Twitter.
Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas is just the latest player to be linked, according to Calciomercato, with a move to the Theatre of Dreams, but this has been labelled a 'cut-price move' widely online.
The 27-year-old Greek international reportedly has a £31.5 million release clause in his contract and is keen to force a move if Roma fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Some fans aren't happy with the plan to sign Manolas though:
Kostas Manolas is still the most likely CB signing for United this summer due to his 32 million buyout clause making him far cheaper than other candidates such as Koulibaly or De Ligt #MUFC pic.twitter.com/EfVhZhvk2F
- The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 20, 2019
:rage:Ed's penny pinching is like toothache .Monolas is a decent option but not the reason United are interested ,it's purely :pound: ,surely we should be looking at the creme da la creme ,absolute best elite players it's not like United haven't got the finances.
- Sally Mitchell (@SallyMitch1) March 20, 2019
Since when did we have to find players on the cheap, this is part of the problem of Manchester United lately. Bad deal to get Alexis, and not making signings for a central defender.
- Dean Read (@capecodpi) March 20, 2019
The most valuable club and we are looking at cut price options. :joy:
- nitz (@rabz_11) March 20, 2019
If this is true then it's the reason we a so far behind the top teams...
- Ian knott (@ianknott_13) March 20, 2019
Cheapskates @ManUtd yet again! Manolas is NOT world class! Manolas as our only CB buy is NOT enough to give us a defence capable of winning the EPL or CL! Do they think we're stupid?!
- Lynne Hall (@lynnehall) March 20, 2019
Woodward the old bargaining lady. Wants everything cheap. What a cheap CEO we have.
- Manpreet Singh (@Singhbusby_19) March 20, 2019
Sign cheap players and carry on with mediocrity! Great Woodward!! S H I T!!!
- Patrick Abrines (@PAbrines) March 20, 2019
United's defending issues are well documented and for a time were stop-gapped by Eric Bailly until he fell out of favour under José Mourinho and this problem has now fallen in the lap of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rojo and Valencia are supposedly out the door this summer as part of an overhaul of United's defence that currently consists of Lindelöf, Smalling, and Jones amongst others, not entirely awe-inspiring compared to the other top six clubs.
With the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Matthijs de Ligt and Toby Alderweireld all reportedly available this summer United fans feel that they should be chasing the next 'mega-signing' to fortify their defence, and if that means breaking a record the fans clearly want the club to pull the trigger.
You only have to look to Liverpool and how their defensive fortunes have been transformed since the signing of van Dijk for £75m, the record for a defender, which proves that spending 'megabucks' on a defender can be justified.
Describing Manolas as 'cut-price' appears harsh considering he's established himself as one of the better defenders in Europe, is this fair from the fans or is he not good enough for United? Let us know in the comments.
Words by George Buksmann