Manchester United’s defeat to Sevilla on Sunday night was a disappointment, especially after taking the lead.
United’s missed chances meant we had ourselves to blame, but credit is also due to Sevilla, who defended well and took their own chances.
One of their players in particular had a strong game and fits the profile for the type of addition United should make this summer, Sergio Reguilon.
Reguilon lined up at left-back and had the tricky task of trying to contain Mason Greenwood. He blocked two shots, made two tackles and one interception as he stuck to his task.
Where he really impressed was with his desire to get forward and join Sevilla’s attack, and it was his cross which provided Sevilla’s first goal in the 2-1 win.
Reguilon, 23, is actually at Sevilla on loan from Real Madrid, but the La Liga champions’ plans for the defender are unclear.
Ferland Mendy is their first choice at left-back, and this has led to reports suggesting Reguilon will be sold this summer, with AS claiming he is not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
Sky Sports report Real may have to sell to raise funds, also reporting that Reguilon was voted the best left-back in La Liga last season.
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AS report Chelsea are among the clubs who are keen and Real could sell for around £22.6 million (25m Euros).
Why this may suit United
Left-back is one of the positions United could consider strengthening which is not a clear cut top priority.
Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams are good options for United, but there is room for improvement. Reguilon would provide some much needed competition.
Williams could switch to provide cover at right-back if Diogo Dalot is sold, having played in this position against LASK.
Shaw and Reguilon could battle it out, and the Spaniard’s attacking intent may see him become a preferable option.
At just £22 million, this is the type of squad strengthening United should be looking at.
Reguilon would make United’s squad stronger and increase competition without breaking the bank.
He is a player whose value is set to rise over the coming years and United would be doing well to snap him up; although you do suspect that due to past differences between the clubs, as soon as Ed Woodward came calling, Real Madrid would hike up the price.
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