Sandro is a worthwhile buy for Man United if it ends Young’s time as a full-back

Manchester United are interested in a swoop for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro after a trophyless season, according to the Daily Mail. 

It is clear that United need specialist full-backs and a major benefit of the deal would be that Ashley Young would no longer be needed to fill in.

What’s the story?

The report claims that Jose Mourinho is keen to add experience to his United backline after a potless campaign and that he has been impressed by the performances of the 27-year-old in Italy.

It goes on to say that any potential deal would be worth more than £45m, despite the fact that Sandro was excluded from the Brazil squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

It adds that Kieran Tierney has impressed Mourinho but the demand for experience may see Sandro gain the edge over the Scotland international.

Young has tried his best but is not a long-term option

Young has filled in admirably at times this season, notably stifling Mo Salah at Old Trafford in a 2-1 win but he has his limitations, and an ageing, right-footed winger should not be the starting left-back for a side with title ambitions.

Sandro would add zip and the ability to get down the outside of teams, as well as offering greater pace which may encourage Mourinho to push his United side further up the pitch.

Tierney feels more like a United signing but Mourinho’s relationship with young players is well documented and Sandro’s more rounded game might be a better fit at this moment in time.