Manchester United Left-Back Options


By Andy Hyslop

  • Luke Shaw has shown this season why United paid top dollar for him
  • His double leg fracture will see him out for at least six months
  • What are Manchester United left-back options in his absence

Luke Shaw is set to undergo a second operation on his double leg fracture today. As he begins his recovery from this shocking injury that could see him out for the season. We look at some of the position options for Louis Van Gaal at left-back.

left-backMarcos Rojo replaced Shaw in Eindhoven, with Daley Blind moving to left-back and Rojo partnering Smalling at centre of United’s defence. Is this the best option for United in Shaw absence. Personally I was surprised to see Blind move to left-back, he has struck up a good partnership will Smalling at the centre of the defence.

I fully expected Rojo to fill at left-back once he came on. Blind and Rojo are both good options, whilst Van Gaal could also move Darmian across from the right and play Valencia or even young Uruguay Guillermo Varela could fill in at right-back in some games.

left-backVarela is yet to make a first-team appearance for United despite joining the club over two years ago. He has the majority of that time playing for United’s under-21s; whilst also spending last season on loan with Real Madrid second string.

In Madrid he was manager by French legend Zinedine Zidane. He made 33 appearances for Real Madrid second string and impressed Zidane with his performances. Zidane even hinted that Real might be interested in taking Varela to Madrid on a permanent basis.

Another option may be to play Ashley Young in the left-back position. He showed last he was capable to adapting his attacking game to play in this position. I feel this could be a good option in home games where we are likely to have the majority of the possession.

Shaw has linked up well with Memphis and Young well he’s played on the left-wing this season. To have Young and Memphis attacking defenders from United’s left side could really add something to United’s attacking game; and could even help Memphis become more of an attacking threat in the Premier League.


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