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Juventus' defender Alex Sandro from Brazil (L) fights for the ball with Atalanta's midfielder Marco D'Alessandro during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus Vs Atalanta on December 3, 2016 at the 'Juventus Stadium' in Turin.   / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Manchester United Has To Beat Manchester City For The Signing Of This Brazil International

Manchester United have seemingly got their mojo back in recent weeks after a pretty disappointing start to life under Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils have won all of their last four games in the Premier League and are 11 games unbeaten in all competitions right now and are not far away from the fourth spot.

Winning the title from this place would be a little farfetched but achieving top-four remains a distinct possibility. The fans are seemingly loving life under the Portuguese boss and things are looking even brighter for the near future.

Despite United doing so well of late, we can expect plenty of action from them in the winter upcoming transfer window. The Daily Star claims that the Red Devils are willing to go head to head with their local rivals Manchester City for the signature of Alex Sandro from Juventus.

With both sides remaining keen on the Brazilian’s signature, the Old Lady are preparing a new contract for him to ward off suitors but we have seen their resilience getting broken by a world-record transfer fee for Paul Pogba in the summer from none other than Manchester United.

With the kind of financial prowess United have, no player is too big for them and they have shown it in recent windows. Mourinho is clearly not a fan of Luke Shaw and neither is he a fan of Daley Blind at left-back.

AS Roma's German defender Antonio Rudiger (L) vies with Juventus' Brazilian defender Alex Sandro (R) during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs As Roma on December 17, 2016 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.   / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

AS Roma’s German defender Antonio Rudiger (L) vies with Juventus’ Brazilian defender Alex Sandro (R) during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs As Roma on December 17, 2016 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO

We have seen him using Matteo Darmian at left-back but the Italian has not done much to impress the boss. So, it is no surprise to see Mourinho looking for a new left-back.

Alex Sandro, in many ways, is similar in style to his compatriot Marcelo but with a stronger physique. He possesses a brilliant amount of pace and power and is naturally attacking-minded. He did struggle defensively in his early days at Juventus after his move from Porto but since last season, it became pretty evident that he has worked on his defending skills.

With the pace he possesses, he hardly makes him team vulnerable despite bursting forward so often. He is a little bit like Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin in this small way.

Alex Sandro comes with everything you want from a full-back and still only 25. His peak years are yet to come and if Mourinho can ensure that those days are at Old Trafford, the Red Devils do not have to worry about the positions for at least 5-6 years if not more.

The Brazil international seems perfect for United and would be a huge upgrade on their current left-back options. The current consensus here at The 4th Official is that Mourinho has to pull off this move at any cost.

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