Manchester United’s full-backs for much of the season, a pair of converted wingers left over from the Sir Alex Ferguson era in Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, are absolutely not fit for purpose for such an expensively-assembled side, with genuine Premier League title ambitions.
Across town, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola inherited four aging players in that position – Bacary Sagna, Alexandr Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy – but shipped them all out last summer.
He replaced them with three men – Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, whose valuations blew the full-back market into the stratosphere but made a world of difference to the speed at which Guardiola’s side could attack.
Now Mourinho must be similarly ruthless, even though the market has been inflated by City and one man who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford to take Young’s left-back slot is Alex Sandro of Juventus.
We asked United fans if that would be a good idea and a huge 91 per cent of them said it would indeed…