Manchester United's long-term depth at left-back is promising whatever happens in transfer pursuit
Manchester United are reportedly considering a trio of left-backs to challenge Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.
Whichever way United move, and it could be not to sign any, left-back is a position where the club have strong future options.
Academy packed with talent
United’s academy is overflowing with talent at certain positions and left-back is a role where the club is well stocked.
There have been four additions at the position over the past three years ar the position.
In 2018 United signed Reece Devine from Manchester City’s academy. He is the eldest of the young group.
Devine, 18, featured in United’s FA Youth Cup run to the semi-finals this past season and has made 49 competitive appearances for the club at youth level already.
The teenager has stepped up to the under-23s and looks set to step up more regularly for that age group this season, especially with the talent in the under-18s at the position.
Last summer the club added Dutch youngster Bjorn Hardley from NAC Breda.
Hardley can play at both centre-back and left-back, and it is unclear at this stage which will turn out to be his best position.
Four of his seven starts for the under-18s in 2019/20 came at left-back. At just 17, Hardley has time on his side.
This summer United have made two moves to add extra players into the squad at left-back.
The first was Logan Pye, 16, whose transfer from Sunderland to United was agreed back in January, the MEN reported, before finally going through at the start of July.
Pye is an England under-16 international, and he will have a headstart over the other new signing in his position.
The second left-back United signed this summer was Alvaro Carreras from Real Madrid.
Alvaro arrived a fortnight ago along with Marc Jurado, who quit Barcelona, who joins a similarly talented group at right-back.
The 17-year-old has been in quarantine for the last two weeks, and his season will soon get up and running.
Taking several shots
United are determined to keep adding young talent to the academy, and next summer will be no different.
The competition at left-back now will be intense, and it is good to see United taking shots.
The battle now is between Williams, Shaw, and whoever get signed, but in a couple of years time the dynamic could look very different.
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