It seems as though Manchester United are linked with Kalidou Koulibaly every summer. Now, ex-pro Ian Wright has had his say on that situation…
First and foremost, it’s worth noting that United are apparently interested in Koulibaly. Heck, who wouldn’t be? He’s probably in the top three centre-halves in world football – and has been for a while now.
The most constant links surrounding Koulibaly this summer have been linking him with a move to Manchester City. After all, Pep Guardiola’s boys looked pretty poor defensively last term, having failed to properly replace Vincent Kompany.
However, United have been urged to make their move for the world-class 29-year-old. It’s ex-Arsenal star, Ian Wright, who has strongly suggested the Reds try to do that deal.
Check out what Ian Wright had to say here:
‘But for me in the defensive point of view they’re still very weak. We’re hearing City might get Koulibaly but they’ve [United] got to be going in there trying to do that, they’ve got to be trying to do that deal. ‘
‘Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a fanststic defender but [Victor] Lindelof and [Harry] Maguire and the left side [Luke Shaw] – those three are there for the taking.’
‘If you’re to challenge those teams [Liverpool & Manchester City] they’ve got to be a lot stronger. it’s not strong enough for me at the moment.’
I mean, pun unintended, Wright isn’t wrong. Harry Maguire was our best defender last term, but even he had his own problems. Plus, when you factor in all the off-field drama, I think it’s fair to be worried about Slabhead.
Victor Lindelof remains inconsistent. Eric Bailly remains consistently injured. Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi both remain to be seen. The talent is there, but are they ready?
Koulibaly, aged 29, can come in and assert his dominance on that defence from day one. Yes, he wouldn’t be cheap. Yes, he’s only going to feature for three or four years maximum, but the impact he could have on this squad cannot be denied.
It’d stiffen up our defence, just like Virgil van Dijk did for Liverpool. It’d allow that spectacular United front three to go out there without pressure as they wouldn’t have to score three goals every single week to guarantee the points.
I don’t often agree with Wrighty, but I’m absolutely with him on this one. United need to go out there and sign Kalidou Koulibaly.