Should Thomas Meunier be Man United’s long-term right-back option?

Football fans were left astonished last night as PSG recorded a shock result over European giants Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Parc de Princes clash showed early signs of being an incredibly open game, but few predicted how one-sided it’d be as the home outfit recorded a 4-0 win that, in truth, could have ended up being a much greater margin as Barcelona produced one of their most passive performances in recent memory.

Although every PSG player left the pitch with their head held high, there were undoubtedly standout performers within Unai Emery’s side, not least including right-back Thomas Meunier.

It’s not often right-backs get much joy when trying to stop one of the best players in the world in Brazilian sensation Neymar, but the Belgium international was hugely influential at both ends of the pitch.

Indeed, as our infographic shows, Meunier completed eight tackles, seven clearances and won two aerial duels – all three being the highest returns of any player involved in the match – but also popped up at the other end with an assist, after a mazy dribble from defence allowed him to slot through Edinson Cavani for PSG’s fourth.

Curiously, on the morning before PSG’s demolition job over Barca, Meunier told Belgian outlet DH that he’d love to play in the Premier League one day and he’s a big fan of Manchester United. As translated by The Daily Mail, he said…

“I’ve always said that one day, I would like to play in the Premier League. I’m very happy in Paris and if I finish my career there, it won’t be a disappointment, far from it. But, if one day, I had to leave Paris, why not?

“On the other side of the channel, there are the stadiums, the fans, and I’ve never hidden that I’m a big fan of Manchester United, which remains, in my eyes, the real reference in the world of football.”

Manchester United’s current right-back situation is a rather curious one. Converted winger Antonio Valencia has made the position his own this term, but he’s not a natural defender and will turn 32 before the start of next season.

Meunier, on the other hand, is much more befitting of the Jose Mourinho mould, comparable to former Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic through his towering 6 foot 3 frame. So, should the 25-year-old be on United’s transfer agenda this summer? Should he be Mourinho’s long-term choice at No.2? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…


 


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