Manchester United: January Focus – Strengthening the Defence with a New Centre-Back

Man United's January Focus: Strengthening the Defence with a New Centre-Back
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According to reports, Manchester United has determined that improving its centre defence is a critical necessity for the January transfer window.

In the summer, the Red Devils signed Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat, Rasmus Hojlund, Altay Bayındır, Andre Onana, and Sergio Reguilon.

Man United only made one new signing in central defence, re-signing seasoned veteran Jonny Evans on a free transfer, after concentrating on other areas.

Manchester United: January Focus - Strengthening the Defence with a New Centre-Back

The Mirror is claiming that a new centre-back is highly desired by Man United for the January transfer window, despite the fact that they gave other areas of the field priority in the summer.

According to the report, the Red Devils will concentrate on strengthening their defence after suffering significant injuries to their core defence during the first three months of the campaign.

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The Argentine international Lisandro Martinez, who made frequent appearances in the previous campaign, hasn’t played since September 20 because of an injury.

Luke Shaw has also been used as a centre-back by Erik ten Hag on occasion throughout the 2022–2023 season, but the Man United manager has had to do without the Englishman for the duration of the current campaign.

Ten Hag has favoured using Evans and Harry Maguire at the centre of the Man United defence in recent weeks.

But now that Evans, 35, suffered a thigh strain in the team’s most recent Champions League loss to Copenhagen, he has lost Evans to injury.

Ten Hag now only has three senior centre backs in Maguire, Raphael Varane, and Victor Lindelof, underscoring the need for more depth in the defence.

Jean-Clair Todibo, a defender for Nice, has surfaced as a potential target, but it’s thought they might wait until next summer to pursue a trade.

Additionally, there has been talk that Man United is prepared to exercise Goncalo Inacio’s Sporting Lisbon contract’s €60 million (£52.3 million) release clause.

Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen, who is reportedly drawing interest from West Ham United and Newcastle United, has also been connected to the Red Devils.

Manchester United: January Focus - Strengthening the Defence with a New Centre-Back

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