Manchester United Set To Swoop For £72m Defensive Colossus

By timgarrett IN La Liga,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Sep 5th 2018

After enduring a nightmare start to the current campaign, suffering defeats against both Brighton and Tottenham, Jose Mourinho will have been delighted both with the result and the manner of his team’s performance in their comfortable 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday.

Although Romelu Lukaku’s two-goal showing will have pleased the former Chelsea boss, perhaps a first clean sheet of the season will have brought him the most joy, though the Red Devils still have plenty of room for improvement defensively.

According to the latest media reports, the Premier League outfit have not given up hope of strengthening their manager’s hand by bringing in a world-class defender in January, with Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez thought to be a serious target.

The versatile 22-year-old was a World Cup winner with France during the summer, starting every game for his country at left-back, but the man said to have had a £72m release clause inserted into the new contract he signed in June is equally comfortable in central defence.

A powerful player who relishes the physical side of the game, Hernandez proved his importance to his current employers last term, helping Diego Simeone’s charges to concede 0.3 fewer goals per match on average in the top-flight when he featured:

Lucas Hernandez
CLUB Atletico de MadridAGE 22Y 6M
POS DEFHEIGHT 6FT 0IN
2017/18
WITH
WITHOUT
Matches
27
11
Win %
63%
55%
Draw %
26%
27%
Loss %
11%
18%
Avg Goal for
1.4
1.8
Avg Goals against
0.5
0.8
Mins per goal for
63.9
49.5
Mins per goal against
186.9
110
Shots for per game
7.8
8.6
Points per game
2.1
1.9
Clean sheets
18
5
TOTAL
8
3

In fact, the 22-year-old actually improved his numbers across the board as he became more involved for the Spanish giants during the 2017/18 La Liga campaign, forcing opponents to take 40 more minutes to find the net than had been the case when he played in 2016/17:

Lucas
Hernandez
VLucas
Hernandez
Atletico de MadridAtletico de Madrid
DEF   22Y 6M   6FT 0INDEF   22Y 6M   6FT 0IN
Aug 2016 - May 2018
HERNANDEZ
HERNANDEZ
Starts
13
24
Minutes played
1253
2143
Goals scored
0
Goals with feet
0
Goals with head
0
Assists
0
Clean sheets
9
18
Goals against
10
13
Minutes per goal against
125
165
TOTAL
1
4

Although he has operated primarily as a full-back for both club and country up to this point in his career, it is highly likely that Mourinho would move Hernandez into what appears to be his more natural role in central defence were he to secure a January switch to Old Trafford.

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BEL23 19:30
Brugge
 v 
Z.Waregem
19:30
Home Win
  73%
73%
1.36
7/20
-278
73%
5.75
19/4
475
16%
8.00
7/1
700
11%
BL123 19:30 BT2
Leverkusen
 v 
Stuttgart
19:30 BT2
Home Win
  64%
64%
1.55
11/20
-182
64%
4.60
18/5
360
20%
6.00
5/1
500
17%
FRA23 20:00
Lyon
 v 
St Etienne
20:00
Home Win
  63%
63%
1.57
11/20
-177
63%
4.40
17/5
340
20%
6.00
5/1
500
17%
TUR23 17:30
Galatasaray
 v 
Konyaspor
17:30
Home Win
  56%
56%
1.83
5/6
-120
56%
3.40
12/5
240
24%
4.50
7/2
350
20%
CHA23 19:45 SKY
Ipswich
 v 
West Brom
19:45 SKY
Away Win
  51%
51%
4.40
17/5
340
24%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
1.91
10/11
-110
51%
LL23 20:00
Leganes
 v 
Alaves
20:00
Home Win
  47%
47%
2.10
11/10
110
47%
3.25
9/4
225
28%
4.00
3/1
300
25%
DEN23 18:00
Vejle BK
 v 
Aalborg
18:00
Away Win
  41%
41%
3.40
12/5
240
33%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.28
5/4
128
41%
LG123 19:45
Coventry
 v 
Peterborough
19:45
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.30
13/10
130
40%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
3.10
21/10
210
35%
Saturday 24th NovemberSat 24th NovemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
BL124 14:30
Bayern
 v 
F. Dusseldor
14:30
Home Win
  91%
91%
1.08
1/12
-1250
91%
13.00
12/1
1200
6%
36.00
35/1
3500
3%
FRA24 16:00
PSG
 v 
Toulouse
16:00
Home Win
  87%
87%
1.11
1/9
-909
87%
12.00
11/1
1100
9%
41.00
40/1
4000
4%
NED24 17:30
NAC
 v 
Ajax
17:30
Away Win
  86%
86%
31.00
30/1
3000
5%
9.50
17/2
850
9%
1.12
1/8
-833
86%
SA24 17:00
Juventus
 v 
S.P.A.L. 201
17:00
Home Win
  83%
83%
1.17
1/6
-588
83%
8.00
7/1
700
12%
26.00
25/1
2500
5%
SPL24 12:30 BT
Hamilton
 v 
Celtic
12:30 BT
Away Win
  83%
83%
19.00
18/1
1800
5%
8.00
7/1
700
12%
1.18
2/11
-556
83%
NED24 19:45
PSV
 v 
Heerenveen
19:45
Home Win
  80%
80%
1.20
1/5
-500
80%
7.00
6/1
600
13%
18.00
17/1
1700
7%
BEL24 19:30
Genk
 v 
Cercle Brugg
19:30
Home Win
  79%
79%
1.18
1/6
-560
79%
7.50
13/2
650
14%
15.00
14/1
1400
8%
SPL24 15:00
Rangers
 v 
Livingston
15:00
Home Win
  76%
76%
1.30
3/10
-333
76%
5.25
17/4
425
15%
10.00
9/1
900
9%
SA24 19:30
Inter
 v 
Frosinone
19:30
Home Win
  76%
76%
1.26
1/4
-385
76%
6.00
5/1
500
15%
13.00
12/1
1200
9%
EPL24 15:00
West Ham
 v 
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15:00
Away Win
  76%
76%
13.00
12/1
1200
9%
6.25
21/4
525
15%
1.26
1/4
-385
76%
SUI24 18:00
Young Boys
 v 
FC Lugano
18:00
Home Win
  70%
70%
1.33
33/100
-305
70%
5.75
19/4
475
17%
9.00
8/1
800
13%
EPL24 15:00
Everton
 v 
Cardiff
15:00
Home Win
  69%
69%
1.44
4/9
-227
69%
4.75
15/4
375
19%
8.50
15/2
750
13%
EPL24 15:00
Man Utd
 v 
C Palace
15:00
Home Win
  68%
68%
1.40
2/5
-250
68%
5.00
4/1
400
19%
9.00
8/1
800
13%
BL124 17:30 BT2
Schalke
 v 
Nurnberg
17:30 BT2
Home Win
  68%
68%
1.53
8/15
-189
68%
4.33
10/3
333
19%
7.50
13/2
650
13%
SPL24 15:00
Hibernian
 v 
Dundee
15:00
Home Win
  67%
67%
1.44
4/9
-227
67%
4.60
18/5
360
19%
7.00
6/1
600
14%
LL24 15:15
Valencia
 v 
R.Vallecano
15:15
Home Win
  67%
67%
1.45
9/20
-222
67%
4.75
15/4
375
20%
7.50
13/2
650
14%
BEL24 17:00
S. Liege
 v 
Eupen
17:00
Home Win
  66%
66%
1.40
2/5
-250
66%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
7.50
13/2
650
14%
EPL24 15:00
Watford
 v 
Liverpool
15:00
Away Win
  65%
65%
6.50
11/2
550
15%
4.75
15/4
375
19%
1.53
13/25
-190
65%
LL24 12:00
Eibar
 v 
Real Madrid
12:00
Away Win
  65%
65%
7.00
6/1
600
16%
4.75
15/4
375
19%
1.53
13/25
-190
65%
BL124 14:30
Mainz
 v 
Dortmund
14:30
Away Win
  60%
60%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
4.20
16/5
320
21%
1.67
4/6
-149
60%
CHA24 15:00
Millwall
 v 
Bolton
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.62
8/13
-161
59%
4.00
3/1
300
24%
6.00
5/1
500
18%
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