The news of Raphael Varane’s injury will have come as an almighty blow to the Norwegian manager, particularly as Harry Maguire isn’t yet over his own problems.
The Red Devils have struggled with the form and readiness of their defenders for some while now, and arguably it’s the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t had a stable partnership there as to why they’re going on to draw or lose games they should be winning.
Though it’s unlikely to happen until the end of the 2021/22 PL campaign, so, in essence, it won’t cure Man United’s ills in the immediate future, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is a target for Man United.
They’ll have a fight on their hands to land the French centre-back, with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea also reportedly still in the market for a footballer for whom a deal couldn’t be sealed in the last summer window.
Chelsea might have the upper hand in any negotiations too. Kounde himself was trying to force through a move to the west Londoners. A £68m release clause per FourFourTwo isn’t cheap, however, at only 22 years of age, Jules has incredible room for growth despite already being a standout performer in La Liga.