Manchester United will reportedly turn to Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand if they fail to recruit Tottenham Hotspur misfit Danny Rose this summer.
The Sun (h/t Metro) reported Bertrand is “likely to request a transfer” in the summer, which is sure to be true in the event the Saints make the drop down to the Championship come the end of this term.
The Red Devils are currently dealing with one faltering investment from Southampton, in Bertrand’s position no less, with former Saints star Luke Shaw making 19 appearances this season, only seven of which have been in the Premier League.
United manager Jose Mourinho has therefore turned to converted midfielder Ashley Young as his stand-in in the role for much of his almost two years in charge, and blogger Liam Canning recently indicated why:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
Ashley Young’s stats per-90 minutes:
Successful take ons: 1.24
Tackles won: 1.34
All higher than the likes of Ryan Bertrand, Marcos Alonso and Ben Davies. Young deserves his England call-up:https://t.co/iRJMlYvJoT
It’s mentioned Bertrand could be available for £25 million, an affordable sum for United, but at 28 years of age, the Englishman brings neither long-term potential or an elite presence to the role.
Mourinho could decide to cut ties with Shaw this summer, four years after he was brought to Old Trafford, and Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News suggested it’s down to character differences:
Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst
Young was particularly poor in the first-half on Saturday but his dressing room influence shouldn’t be underestimated. Incomparable with Luke Shaw on and off the pitch and that’s why he keeps starting. #mufc
Ben Davies has taken the reins as Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s go-to left-back in recent times, with Rose’s position at the club in some state of fluc for a while now.
The 27-year-old is regarded as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League on his day and was named in each of the last two PFA Premier League Teams of the Year (2016-17).
Rose was coping with injury issues at the start of this season, but his most recent appearances on the Tottenham bench now look to merely be down to selection from his boss.
Pochettino recently touched on the topic of he and Rose’s relationship, per ESPN FC’s Ben Pearce, which has been affected since his comments regarding Spurs’ transfer activity and ambition last summer, per the Guardian:
Ben Pearce @BenPearceSpurs
#thfc Pochettino is asked about his conversation with Danny Rose after training, which was caught on camera. He says it was a “private conversation” and that it’s a “normal way to approach my players”. When the reporter says it looked animated, Poch says “because we have passion”
Former Chelsea fringe figure Bertrand has flourished for parts of his Southampton tenure and found a home on the south coast that’s allowed him to shine in ways he couldn’t while at Stamford Bridge.
That being said, a move for the player this summer looks like it could be more out of convenience than anything else, with the Saints eyeing the possibility of having to sell their stars if they drop to England’s second tier.
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