Better Than Darmian? Manchester United £20m Rated Arsenal & Man City Target

Manchester United have a few holes to fix, it’s fair to say. Since Jose Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal in May of this year, the Portuguese has arguably made the club a far more attractive proposition this season, a far cry from the methodical, sluggish approach employed by the Dutchman. But even after the purchases of Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer, there are arguably still problems to solve, and positions that need strengthening.

For a start, United might need to reinforce up front before too long. Ibrahimovic is 35, and might not have much of a career at Old Trafford beyond this season if Mourinho doesn’t think he’s up to the task of leading the line. Whilst Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera have been excellent at times for him in midfield, with Michael Carrick approaching the end of his career, further thought may need to be given to who should have the role of orchestrator in the centre of the pitch.

Then there’s the issues in defence. Antonio Valencia has, at least, made sure that right back has been one of few problem areas this season with some excellent performances. He’s looked more assured, confident and focussed going forward than he has in years, but given his age (31) and his chequered injury record, coupled with the fact that Mourinho clearly doesn’t fancy Matteo Darmian to hold down a role in his side, should he be looking elsewhere for further reinforcements?

The Express certainly seem to think so. The suggestion in this article is that United are interested in Paris Saint Germain’s Serge Aurier, having recently scouted the Ivorian international. That might be all well and good, if the article didn’t also state that Manchester City also have the defender in their sights.

If we assume that both Manchester clubs are in for PSG’s troubled right back, where is his most likely destination? Old Trafford or the Etihad? At this point, it’s tricky to say for sure, but given Pep Guardiola’s start to life at City, and given Mourinho’s troubles at United, a move to the Spaniard’s club feels a little more likely. United are still in transition after three difficult seasons, whereas City are expected to challenge for the Premier League this term. Of course, the presence of Bailly, Aurier’s international teammate and compatriot might sway the young right back to choose the red half of Manchester instead.