Solskjaer adds costly Premier League star to his shortlist to plug leaky Man Utd defence

Date published: Friday 12th February 2021 10:38 - Robert McCarthy

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Manchester United have reportedly put former target Tyrone Mings back on their shortlist ahead of a potential summer bid for the Aston Villa centre-back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market for a new central defender, with Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, plus Sevilla ace Jules Kounde all on his radar.

But ESPN claims that England man Mings is now very much in the running to move to Old Trafford.

Mings spent the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan at Villa from Bournemouth. He eventually made the move a permanent one in the summer of 2019 for around £20million.

After a testing 2019-2020 campaign for Dean Smith’s men, Villa have looked a different team this time around.

Defensively they have conceded only 24 goals in their 21 games to date, with Mings and Ezri Konsa outstanding.

Mings has also popped up with two goals and an assist in his 20 league appearances so far this term.

The pacy centre-back has has the added advantage of playing alongside Maguire at international level.

The only sticking point could be the fee, with Villa likely to demand at least double the £20m they shelled out.


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United urged to ditch Maguire

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should think about replacing the “terrible” Harry Maguire as Manchester United’s leading centre-back, according to one pundit.

Maguire, who signed for £80million in 2018, has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.

Indeed, the 27-year-old took the captain’s armband last January and has continued to be a leader among his teammates.

However, such qualities do not shield him from criticism; United‘s defensive woes have come to the fore in recent matches Sheffield United and Everton.

But while goalkeeper David de Gea has received flak on both occasions, ex-Red Devil Paul Parker has insisted that the focus should shift onto Maguire’s actions.

In fact, amid talk that the England international needs a new centre-back partner, Parker has questioned whether Victor Lindelof should become the leading presence at the back. Read more…

 

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