Man Utd are unlikely to bring David Alaba or Dayot Upamecano to the club but could still make a defensive signing in the January transfer window, according to reports.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have proved to be Solskjaer‘s favoured pairing in the past two seasons, but both players have had their fair share of criticism.
Gary Neville has claimed that captain Maguire is currently one of only two players who are “irreplaceable” at Man Utd and it would be likely that any centre-back signing would be to replace Lindelof in the Red Devils’ backline.
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Alaba and Upamecano have been heavily linked as possible signings to shore up United’s defence but the Daily Telegraph doubts either player will end up at Old Trafford.
The report says that Man Utd have ‘prioritised the recruitment of a centre-half next year’ but that they are ‘unlikely to join the race’ for Bayern Munich defender Alaba, who is out of contract in the summer.
With Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City all in for Alaba, Man Utd are ‘training their sights elsewhere’.
Meanwhile, their interest in Upamecano has ‘cooled of late amid some reservations about his suitability for their needs’.
The Daily Telegraph insists that ‘interest is not dead but United are understood to be looking elsewhere.’
Man Utd ‘could move for a central defender next month if a target was to become available, even if they are predominantly focused on the summer transfer window.’