No need for two full-backs at Man Utd, claims pundit

Date published: Tuesday 5th December 2017 2:02

Kevin Kilbane says there is no need for Jose Mourinho to sign two new full-backs in the January transfer window.

Veterans Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have been turned from wingers into full-backs by Mourinho, but the Manchester United boss has still been linked with moves for defenders in January.

Mourinho failed to add a full-back to his squad in the summer, but he has been heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose over the last six months.

Rose was reprimanded by Spurs on the eve of the season after he criticised the club’s transfer policy and wage structure. The England man has recently returned to fitness after a long-term knee problem, but he has struggled to regain his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first team.

Despite the speculation, BBC pundit and former Everton winger Kilbane says United don’t need new full-backs.

“Valencia will be ok for another 18 months,” Kilbane told Irish site Newstalk.

“Ashley Young in fairness to him has got Mourinho’s full trust and he is playing really well.”

Valencia has made the right-back slot his own, while Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have featured on the other flank, as well as Young, who scored twice in the recent win over Watford.



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