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Manchester United Eye Premier League Full Back As Antonio Valencia Replacement

Manchester United Eye Premier League Full Back As Antonio Valencia Replacement

The most surprising thing about Manchester United's defence is that the best two players in it are relatively new to the position. However Jose Mourinho has his eyes on one potential replacement at right back.

Considering how dodgy at the back they sometimes look it can be easily forgotten that they actually have the second best defensive record in the Premier League with only Manchester City conceding less than them so far.

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Of course a big part of that is because of David de Gea but they've managed to get by despite the occasionally hilarious defending of some of their players at the back.

Who'd have thought Valencia and Young would become two of United's best players. Image: PA Images
Who'd have thought Valencia and Young would become two of United's best players. Image: PA Images

Despite the comedy of errors that can happen that seems to mainly be in the centre back positions. Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have been two of the Red Devils more consistent performers.

The pair though are both aged 32 and not playing in their natural positions whilst the back ups behind them aren't really up to much, with Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind all likely to be sold in the summer.

So United need some new players for the two positions and according to the Manchester Evening News the 13 time Premier League champions have approached Hector Bellerin's representatives and asked to be kept up to date of his situation as they eye a move for him.

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Could Bellerin move to Old Trafford? Image: PA Images
Could Bellerin move to Old Trafford? Image: PA Images

The 22 year old Spaniard had a rapid rise into one of Europe's best and well liked full-backs but this season hasn't been quite as smooth sailing for the Arsenal player but he still has five years left on his contract.

Recently there were reports that the Gunners could be interested in selling the former Barcelona youth product for around £50 million this summer with Barca and Juventus also linked with him, whilst Manchester City were also linked before they signed Kyle Walker last summer.

The Arsenal what could have been XI could have another name after the summer:

Full backs are a must for United in the summer, as they were for City last year, and another centre back might also be on the summer wish list for Mourinho. However central midfielders are likely to be the number one priority.

Imagine Arsenal Fan TV if Arsenal once again sell one of their best players to a club in Manchester, they'll come out of retirement even if Wenger's gone.

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, Premier League, Hector Bellerin, Arsenal, Antonio Valencia

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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