Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that the 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford was the worst of his career so far, so how big a help will new arrival Alex Telles be?
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho returned to his old stomping ground to inflict more misery on his old club, leaving United lying 16th in the Premier League after an unconvincing start to the season.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told the BBC “it is the worst day of my career as Man United manager.”
According to the BBC’s Simon Stone, the Red Devils are set to sign Brazil full-back Telles from FC Porto, who they have been chasing for several months, after reaching an agreement with the Portuguese side.
Recent reports revealed that the two clubs have agreed a fee of £13.6m plus £1.8m in add ons but the 1-cap Brazil international won’t solve all of Solskjaer’s problems.
Solskjaer’s side have leaked 11 goals already with newly promoted West Bromwich Albion the only club who have conceded more. That just simply isn’t good enough for a back four who cost a combined total of £195m.
And one player in particular did not do himself any favours at all.
Harry Maguire will want to forget all about his error-strewn performance while Eric Bailly failed to make the most of the opportunity to play alongside him.
Per SofaScore, the club captain completely lost the plot as he managed to lose possession 11 times, didn’t make a single tackle, committed one foul and made one error leading to a goal.
In fact, Maguire made several mistakes in the build-up to Tottenham’s equaliser, before conceding the free-kick which led to their second only three minutes later.
It is hardly surprising that Spurs went on to score six goals with Mourinho’s men taking 22 shots in total, which suggests that the England international wasn’t doing his job well at all.
While Telles may turn out to be an upgrade on Luke Shaw at left-back, Maguire, Bailly and Lindelof could leave Solskjaer scratching his head for the rest of the season.
The Red Devils have conceded three goals a game on average, which is quite a worrying statistic for a side that have already spent around £18m on Telles and £34m on Donny van de Beek in the transfer window, as it has left Ed Woodward rather empty-handed with very little time to sign any more centre-backs.
Whether or not this will play a part in the race for the top four remains to be seen.