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Can This Celtic Star Finally Solve Manchester United’s Left-Back Problems?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

When Louis van Gaal took over the charge of Manchester United, the left-back position was a perennially unaddressed issue. After José Mourinho was brought in to manage the club, it was expected that he would make some stupendous changes to unlock a new aura in that slot. However, it is the likes of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind who have been chalked with no longevity which shows that Mourinho is yet to find his best man for that role.

But this transfer window might just bring Manchester United what they have been looking for quite some time now as it is reported that they are considering a move to acquire Celtic’s left-back Kieran Tierney with a transfer fee of around £10million. The 19-year-old has cemented his place in Brendan Rodgers’ side with some scintillating and commendable performances time and again and drew a lot of praise when Celtic faced United’s local rivals, Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League earlier this term.

Tierney is a player with grit and guile, passion and commitment, mobility and sharpness and someone having his intents crystal clear. He is a Celtic man through and through, having been nourished in the Scottish outfit’s youth academy and then paving his way into the senior side on a permanent basis. He has indeed progressed through the ranks and has cultivated a sense of dynamism in him as a full-back.

As a matter of fact, he has displaced the Scottish league champion’s veteran and proven defender, Emilio Izaguirre, from the first choice left-back slot and earned the same for himself which gives a testamentary evidence of the incessant set of qualities that he possesses.

He has garnered massive reputation for himself at the Celtic Park and thus, has earned reputation in various other top leagues of Europe as well. The youngster is a modern day full-back; for he knows how to remain in check and when to run riot after analysing the game. Sadly, he was out due to an injury but has now resumed his training with Rodgers’ side, who are still undefeated in the league.

Let’s also keep in mind that he earned a call-up to the Scotland national side last year despite being in the early stages of his career. Now, turning our attention back to the Red Devils, it is no brainer to realise that they need to fix their backline and in order to cultivate flamboyance, consistency, preciseness and mettle with respect to their painstakingly unsettled role, Mourinho must surge in to get the signature of Tierney.

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