In Focus: Man United target Tierney has shown he can be an Old Trafford star

According to reports in the Daily Record, Manchester United have placed Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, who has provided 27 assists in 111 games for the Bhoys, on the shortlist of players they are looking at to strengthen in that position.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Record says that the Red Devils’ scouting department has recommended the 20-year-old and Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon as long-term solutions to the left-back problem that has been an issue since Jose Mourinho took charge in 2016.

However, while the Daily Record says that the Portuguese boss has been impressed with the progress that Tierney has made during his short career, he would prefer to bring in a more experienced player like Danny Rose or Alex Sandro if the club’s budget will allow it.

The report adds that Tierney would certainly be a cheaper alternative, especially with Premier League giants also looking for a central midfielder and winger either this month or in the summer.

How has Tierney done this season?

He has, once again, been hugely impressive.

Despite the fact that we are only just into 2018, the 20-year-old has made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys, scoring three goals and providing a further seven assists.

He is a key first-team player under Brendan Rodgers now that he can play as a left-back, left wing-back, left midfielder and even as a centre-back will have impressed many people.

Those 36 outings have included six in the Champions League, where he more than held his own against Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

Would he be a good signing for United?

He certainly would be.

Even though he is only 20 years of age he has already made 111 appearances for Celtic, and he has experience of playing in the Champions League to prove that he has the ability and maturity to play at the highest level.

As well as being a good defender, Tierney has also shown that he can be hugely effective going forward too, which means that he would be suited to the left wing-back role that Mourinho has often favoured at times this season.

The fact that he was chosen to captain the Scottish Premiership leaders against Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup earlier in the campaign only goes further to prove just how highly-rated he is.