Three transfer solutions to Manchester United’s growing position

Earlier this week, Aston Villa announced the signing of left back Lucas Digne from Everton.

The highly-rated France international is now available for a move after a major feud with coach Rafael Benitez earlier in the season.

Digne was not happy with the restrictions imposed on him by the new Everton boss who wanted the 28-year-old to prioritize defensive toughness over extended offensive football.

His potential presence in this window led to tentative links with Manchester United. The Reds, of course, have full international left-backs already at the club such as Luke Shaw and Alex Telles.

However, the former struggled to consistently deliver at their best, while the latter was not really able to consistently rise in stature.

United’s priority position they want to strengthen is still midfield, but there is an opportunity to recruit a new left-back who could become increasingly important over the next 12 months unless the shape of United’s current two teams improves.

Ralph Rangnick may now be working behind the scenes with club officials to prepare a shortlist of players to target in the future.

With that in mind, below are three left-backs from across Europe who are enjoying great campaigns and could end up attracting the attention of United’s recruitment team.

David Raum – Hoffenheim – 23

This is Raum’s first season in the Bundesliga, yet he has been one of the standout players in the competition so far.

David Raum from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Photo by Harry Langer / DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

He was absolutely outstanding in the second Bundesliga last season, scoring 15 league assists and helping F├╝rth secure promotion. On the back of that great campaign, he joined Hoffenheim and successfully ran in the German Bundesliga.

He has scored two goals and scored two goals in his last four league games, while according to Wyscout, he currently has the highest expected total assist (xA) across the entire division (6.93).

Angelino – RB Leipzig – 25

Once a fierce rival to Manchester City, Angelino will be a familiar name to many United fans.

Angelino of RB Leipzig (Photo by Kathryn Muller/Getty Images)

He joined Pep Guardiola’s side as a 21-year-old from Eindhoven but failed to make much of an impression, making just six Premier League games before going out on loan to RB Leipzig in the second half of the 2019/20 season.

With a more regular playing time despite Angelino’s boom, he impressed current Bayern Munich boss and then Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann enough to make the move permanent that summer.

Despite his size – 5 feet 9 inches – he is a stubborn, reliable defender who often proves difficult to beat in 1v1 duels. As he moves forward, he is a lethal tool capable of sending a wide range of dangerous balls into the penalty area.

This is the main reason why he provided 23 assists during his two and a half seasons with the club.

Andrea Cambiasso – Genoa – 21

Relatively speaking, Cambiasso is still in the prime of his career, but he appears to have a very bright future ahead.

Andrea Cambiasso in Genoa Photo by Domenico Cibitelli/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He’s only made his Serie A debut this season, but it didn’t take him long to establish himself as a key member of the Genoa squad and one of the division’s emerging stars.

The 21-year-old is efficient and versatile, capable of playing on the right as well as on the left.

He has so far had the second most assists of all left-backs in Europe’s top five leagues (four) – all of which have come from open play.

While there is still room for further development in his game, the potential he has shown thus far is a big reason to attract the interest of some Premier League teams such as Leicester City and West Ham.

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