Manchester United are in a need of a squad overhaul in this summer transfer window with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to sign players for different positions including centre-back, right back, right wing, central midfield and possibly even a Striker.
One position though, which is a top priority, more so, after the retirement of Antonio Valencia is the right back position and club legend Gary Neville thinks that we had a perfect person for the job on our disposal before he was sold by Louis Van Gaal in 2014.
“I thought when I left that Rafael Da Silva was perfect as a Manchester United full-back, Gary Neville said.
“He was tenacious, aggressive, decent on the ball, and he was sold. Maybe rightly so, I’m not sure.”
Rafael along with his twin brother Fabio signed for Manchester United from Fluminense in 2008 before he was shipped off by Van Gaal just a year after his arrival.
United currently have Diogo Dalot for the right-back position after Valencia’s departure, however, Ashley Young has filled in that role numerous times in the past few years.
At 33-years of age, Ashley Young doesn’t have the pace and intensity to start every game in that position anymore when the wingers he’s up against are 10 years younger, quicker and fitter than him.
“Ashley Young is not the person to start criticising at Manchester United; he’s been asked to play right back, left back, left wing back, right wing back, Gary Neville continued.
“He’s doing it brilliantly well, but he’s not a right back! I think Antonio Valencia did well for two seasons but I think he was more of a right-winger.
“I don’t know why United have had such problems at right-back. You can’t keep signing full-backs for £15m.
“Over the past few years, they’ve spent nearly £100m on five full-backs.
“City spent big on Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy. Maybe United would be better buying the correct full-back first time up for £40m or £50m and have them for seven years because it’s cost them that much in the end trying different full-backs!”
There’s nothing but the truth in that Gary Neville statement. What Manchester United need to do is to spend big on a right-back this summer.
Looking at the likes of Manchester City, they’ve done just that and are now probably set for another 5 years or so, so why can’t we do the same?