Five left-backs Man United could sign in January transfer window

Tom Phillips suggest five left-backs Man United could sign after injuries to Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw

Ricardo Rodriguez

Wolfsburg manager Dietar Hecking recently praised Ricardo Rodriguez as the best left-back in Bundesliga. He represents a strong option for Manchester United to sign in January. Like Leighton Baines, Rodriguez is highly regarded for his ability from dead-ball situations and has been Wolfsburg’s first-choice penalty taker for the last two seasons. He also has an accurate left-foot and able to provide pinpoint crossing to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial – who are struggling for goals of late. Rodriguez was also praised for his strong tackling during the World Cup in Brazil average five tackles and over two interceptions a game.

Fabio Coentrao

Previously chased by David Moyes when he was at the helm, Fabio Coentrao has recently been out of favour at Real Madrid and is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side, AS Monaco. Coentrao has been a brilliant squad player for Real Madrid over the years, helping provide depth and stability as he helped in Los Blancos’ historic La Decima. He would be able to fill the gap lost by Luke Shaw as well as provide healthy competition when the England left-back returns from his horrific injury he suffered at PSV Eindhoven.

Jose Luis Gaya

A player for the future, Jose Luis Gaya broke into the first-team squad at Valencia last season as a teenager and has not looked out of place since. The young Spaniard has represented his country from Under-17s upwards and is waiting to get his first international call-up to the senior squad. Gaya has certainly made a name for himself in Catalonia after appearing 35 appearances in La Liga last season and he is certainly one to look out for in the future. However, there is the small matter of paying a €50m release clause and also whether newly appointed manager Gary Neville will be willing to see a young promising talent go just a month into his new job.

Mattia De Sciglio

Primarily a right-back but Mattia De Sciglio is also able to play on the left. De Sciglio is a fast runner and has a great technique for a full-back, according to his former coach Alberigo Evani. His confident displays for the Rossoneri and Italy have even earned comparisons to Italian legend Paolo Maldini. Hisstyle of play and competence would allow Louis van Gaal to ease him into the side quickly and also add depth and provide competition to not only Shaw but also his compatriot, Matteo Darmian.

Marcelo

A long shot but United a lacking any sort of attacking threat or dominance on their left-flank and Marcelo would be able to change that in an instant. Still only 27-years-old, Marcelo has showed his competitive edge while at Real Madrid and has certainly filled the gap that was left by fellow Brazilian, Roberto Carlos. His attacking attributes and defensive dominance would cause a lot of trouble for many players in the Premier League to come up against let alone the Champions League. Marcelo would also provide the vital experience and boost United need if they want to see a return to winning silverware again.

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