Belgium’s marauding right-back Thomas Meunier put in the kind of performances at the World Cup that the big clubs in Europe simply cannot ignore, and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho should consider him as the perfect replacement for Antonio Valencia.
After opening the scoring in his side’s 2-0 third-place playoff win over England that ended Belgium’s campaign, Meunier has received a number of offers and will hold talks with his club Paris Saint-Germain to find out whether he is in new boss Thomas Tuchel’s plans, according to Sport English.
The 26-year-old joined the current French champions in the summer of 2016 from Club Brugge in his home country. Costing just £5.4m, Meunier has gone on to play 70 matches in all competitions and has chipped in with seven goals and 14 assists in that time, offering a glimpse of the form that he was to show at this summer’s tournament in Russia.
With Valencia now 32, and United’s only other option the young new-signing Diogo Dalot, Mourinho may want to look for a ready-made replacement for the Ecuadorian winger-turned-full-back.
Playing at right wing-back for Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side this summer, Meunier was a constant threat out wide as he got up and down the touchline. His tally of two assists and seven key passes from wing-back in just five appearances is seriously impressive and shows that his end product matches his work rate.
The 6ft 3in man also made 8 successful tackles during the tournament, proving he would have no trouble playing in a back four for Mourinho at United.
In fact, he was so crucial to the Belgium side that the only game they lost (to eventual winners France in the semi-final) was the only game where Meunier was unavailable through suspension. His absence upset the balance of Martinez’s side, with Kevin De Bruyne being shifted to the left and Nacer Chadli failing to provide the same quality on the right.
Valued at just £13.5m by Transfermarkt, it will surely take a bigger bid to tempt PSG to sell this summer. Although with Dani Alves not getting any younger, Tuchel may opt to block any potential United move for the Belgian star.