Luis Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are likely to form three-quarters of Jose Mourinho’s preferred defensive unit for next season, but question marks remain over the future of Luke Shaw.
For whatever reason, the England international doesn’t appear to feature prominently in his manager’s thinking, so a new left-back is expected to walk through the doors at Old Trafford this summer.
According to reports in the Daily Express, Jordi Alba is a player who remains firmly on Manchester United’s radar, with the club said to be talking to Barcelona about the possibility of signing him.
A swashbuckling full-back in the mould of Roberto Carlos, the 28-year-old was not a guaranteed starter for the Catalan giants last term, thus increasing optimism that he might be available for the right price.
In his five seasons at Camp Nou, the Spanish international has been involved in a clean sheet roughly once every 2.5 games in La Liga, as well as getting forward to score four goals:
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He has also developed the sort of winning mentality that Mourinho is looking to build at Old Trafford, collecting 11 pieces of silverware with his current employers.
One of the 28-year-old’s many successes came in the Champions League back in 2015 and this is a competition in which he also boasts valuable experience:
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Dining at the top table of European football around eight times per season on average, Alba has played a part in keeping 15 clean sheets, whilst the 23 assists that he has clocked up in La Liga during his time at Barcelona highlight the Spaniard’s willingness to get forward.