Man Utd handed fresh hope in defender hunt after Lens boss drops hint

Date published: Wednesday 20th January 2021 8:06 - Steve Pearson

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The manager of RC Lens has seemingly handed Manchester United a boost in their pursuit of a versatile defender with his latest comments.

United have developed into genuine title contenders under the guiding hand of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A 12-match unbeaten run in the league has set pulses racing. Criticism still remains, however, over certain elements of their side.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Gary Neville negatively compared them with Man City and Liverpool. The club legend was examining the way in which Red Devils defenders push up when out of possession.

Their defence has seen rapid improvement over recent times. However, Neville reckons that could be the difference between being title winners and merely contenders.

One way in which to bolster strength in that area is through the transfer window.

Man Utd’s ‘very serious’ interest in Lens defender Facundo Medina was recently revealed.

The player’s value has quadrupled since the summer amid a string of impressive displays.

Capable of playing at both centre-back positions as well as left-back, Medina would be a quality depth piece for any aspiring side.


However, United’s chances of signing him were described as ‘slim’. However, it was suggested that loaning him back to France upon his acquisition could be one path that leads to success.

Now, Lens’ manager Franck Haise has had his say on the matter. He has hinted a decision to sell the player would not be made by himself.

Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday (via Sport Witness), he said: “Can we lose Medina this winter? We can lose any player at the moment because it’s an open transfer window. This goes beyond me.”

A decision made by club chiefs would be one likely made with financial interests at heart, seemingly indicating a sale could be on the cards given Medina’s rapidly rising value.

Solskjaer highlights unexpected Fernandes traits

Meanwhile, Solskjaer insists United will again turn to Bruno Fernandes for inspiration at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

The Cottagers endured a rough time of it upon their promotion and seemed certainties to go back down.

But they appear to have found their feet at this level, recently holding Tottenham 1-1 and then pushing Chelsea close.

As such, Solskjaer knows United will face a tough evening down on the River Thames.

And despite Fernandes not being at his best last time out at Anfield, he knows he’s someone he won’t afford a rest.

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