Manchester United have been hit hard by injuries to left-backs this season.
Erik ten Hag received the dreadful news that Luke Shaw would be out for some time back in August, which was made even worse given the fact Manchester United‘s backup left-back, Tyrell Malacia, had been injured even before the pre-season tour kicked off.
This led to the manager seeking out the services of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham Hotspur. He arrived on loan for the season – but hasn’t particularly impressed.
This means Ten Hag now must come to a decision as to whether to keep or to give back the 26-year-old. We’d suggest the latter.
Sergio Reguilon is not worth the risk on a permanent…
In the time he’s spent at Old Trafford, Reguilon has shown Manchester United two things.
For one, he’s nothing special. He was a decent loan acquisition in the sense that he was a solution to a problem, but going forward his permanent addition wouldn’t be exactly strengthening the squad.
The second reason, he’s already proven in his short stint that he also poses injury issues of his own.
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He suffered a hamstring injury against Burnley at Turf Moor which kept him out for a month. Bear in mind, this is a man we brought in to cover for injuries in the first place.
He had problems with fitness at Spurs, so it was bound to happen at some point. This led to some unorthodox left-backs in certain fixtures, with Victor Lindelof and Sofyan Amrabat both covering shifts in his absence.
For these two reasons alone, we think we should wave goodbye to Sergio.
Manchester United have a budding Spanish left-back in Alvaro Fernandez
Never fear, one as one Spaniard departs, another will enter the frame – with Alvaro Fernandez set to be back from his loan then.
He is currently on loan at La Liga side Granada, where he’s played eight times this season, but has established himself as a regular starter in recent weeks.
Fernandez also trained with the Spanish senior squad for the first-ever time this week thanks to his impressive performances. He could even feature for Luis de la Fuente’s side over the international break.
It seems silly with a budding talent like his coming through the ranks to permanently sign Reguilon. Fernandez will be a more valuable asset in years to come and has a lot to prove. We’re excited to get him back next summer.