Manchester United are reportedly interested in Olympique Lyonnais left-back Nicolas Tagliafico as United’s desperation for a defender to replace Luke Shaw continues.

The Argentine left-back was crucial for Ajax under the Dutch manager, playing 169 times in total, and it now seems like the left-back is a target for United.

According to Fabrizio Romano, United have asked the French side about the costs that would be involved to sign the Argentine left-back.

United have reportedly asked about the left-back’s availability and the defender has joined a long list of targets for the Old Trafford side.

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United’s left-back conundrum

Marc Cucurella, Sergio Reguilon and Marcos Alonso have been seemingly on the list of targets as short-term options on the left side of the defence to replace the Englishman.

It now seems a few more options have emerged for United with Tagliafico joining the likes of Leonardo Spinazzola from AS Roma as a target to help United weather this storm.

With Tyrell Malacia injured, too, United currently have just Alvaro Fernandez as a senior left-back but even the former Real Madrid defender could well be on his way out of Old Trafford with Marca claiming there is interest from a number of Spanish sides in Fernandez.

Do United need a Director of football

One key question has emerged from this rather scattergun approach of left-back targets, do United need a go-between with the Glazer family and Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag’s approach to signing players has seemingly been to target former players whom he has previously worked with in the past which does seem a bit of a risky method.

Whether it’s Nicolas Tagliafico, formerly of Ajax, or Sofyan Amrabat, formerly of FC Utrecht, Ten Hag has decided on players who he has worked with before as he can trust them. This, however, is the wrong approach from United.

United need someone whom Ten Hag can consult on targets and go back and forth because, at the moment, it seems the United manager has a huge sway on targets for his team, which is a risk.