United target Ronald Araujo showcases goalscoring prowess and versatility in El Clasico
Manchester United has been touted as a possible destination for Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo and the Uruguayan showcased his versatility in El Clasico.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported last week United are ‘pushing hard’ for the 23-year-old.
Rio Ferdinand is a big admirer of the centre-halve, the former Manchester United defender was asked on the latest Vibe with Five podcast which two centre-backs he’d look to bring to Old Trafford, and he named Barcelona’s talented defender alongside Paris Saint Germain captain Marquinhos.
Speculation surrounding Araujo’s long-term future continues to intensify due to his contract at the Nou Camp expiring next June.
But with all the noise surrounding the La Masia academy graduate, the talented South American continues to impress on the pitch.
Xavi’s side continued their renaissance by handing out a 4-0 hammering to fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu last night.
Araujo scored his side’s second with a powerful towering header, from an Ousmane Dembele corner, which was too strong for Thibaut Courtois.
Barcelona’s number four has four La Liga goals to his name this season which is the same amount Marcus Rashford has scored in the Premier League.
As well as adding much-needed quality to United’s backline and an additional goalscoring threat from attacking set-pieces, Araujo would also bring versatility.
There has been a constant chopping and changing in the right-back spot at Old Trafford ever since Ralf Rangnick took over the reins on a temporary basis in November.
Prior to the German’s arrival, Diogo Dalot wasn’t given a chance to oust Aaron Wan-Bissaka under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, unless the Norwegian was forced into a change like the red card the former Crystal Palace full-back got away to Young Boys.
But Rangnick has given both Wan-Bissaka and Dalot a run of games to stake their claim, but the question marks surrounding the quality United have at right-back remains.
Against Real Madrid, Araujo played the entire game at right-back and was tasked with nullifying Madrid’s main attacking threat, in the absence of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior who has 17 goals and 10 assists to his name this season.
The Uruguayan international kept the Brazilian star quiet and restricted him to one shot on target all game.
If United are looking to bring Ronald Araujo to the Premier League in the summer then it’s likely to be with the view of playing him at centre-back alongside Raphael Varane.
But having the versatility to slot into right-back and thwart one of Europe’s most talented prospects arguably makes him even more appealing for Manchester United given our ongoing struggles at right-back.