Manchester United are in need of a defensive overhaul this summer and the Evening Standard report that Toby Alderweireld is moving closer to a switch to Old Trafford.
The Belgian international, valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, has fallen right out of favour at Tottenham after a transfer standoff but remains one of the most talented players in the Premier League.
Some United fans below have reacted negatively to the proposed swoop for Alderweireld based on his age and the five defensive options on offer to Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford but he is exactly what they need.
There is an understandable strength of feeling from the club’s fanbase towards youth but experience is essential – Nemanja Matic has been one of the club’s best players this season – especially at the back.
Also, only one of United’s current options – Eric Bailly – is currently good enough, although Victor Lindelof should improve next term but we’ve taken a closer look at the reactions as United fans get this one wrong…
For a 28 year old? Also whom will we selll?
— ManchUnited (@UdayM_) May 15, 2018
So, why did we buy Lindelof? Bailly, Rojo, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling Should be enough to form a centre back pairing.
— Piłkarskie Transfery (@transferosfera) May 15, 2018
Yes considering we start Jones and smalling however he is 30…
— Henry. 🔴🔱 (@Hxnryy_y) May 15, 2018
Do we need another defender?
— Paul (@Paul50188242) May 15, 2018
30 y , £40m LOL
— jackkub (@SpecializeZerx) May 15, 2018
For 30yo? What a joke. Only my club
— UnitedTransfer (@UnitedTransfer7) May 15, 2018
People complaining about his age are idiotic. You can’t have an entire team made up of 22 year olds. You need calm and experienced heads, which he will bring. We should know this after seeing the downfall after we lost Rio and vidic
— JLingz14 (@Jlingz141) May 15, 2018
— Choka Warrior (@ChokaWarrior) May 15, 2018