Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to sign ‘outstanding’ Leicester defender Wesley Fofana to solve Manchester United’s ‘long-term’ defensive issues
Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to go all out to sign Leicester starlet Wesley Fofana this month.
The 20-year-old has excelled for the Foxes since his £30million summer switch from St.Etienne.
The Frenchman was brought in as a long-term project at the King Power and has been imperious at the back as he deputises for Caglar Soyuncu, who has missed large parts of the season with a groin injury.
United continue to have problems at the back and although Eric Bailly has impressed, he remains unreliable due to the amount of injuries he picks up.
A lot of pundits have urged the Red Devils to to buy another centre-back to partner Harry Maguire and Old Trafford icon Scholes reckons Fofana could be that man.
“When we won titles, so many of our wins at Liverpool were 1-0 or 2-1 after having to dig it out for 80 minutes,” Scholes told ESPN.
“You accept you’re going to have days like that against the top teams, when you don’t dominate the game and have to battle to stay in it. You have to be able to defend properly and withstand the opposition’s attacks, but I’m still to be convinced that this United side can do that.
“As a back-four, I worry about how good they really are. At full-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is just about defending, which is fine for a game at Liverpool, but I’m not sure what Luke Shaw brings to the team.
“In the middle, Ole still has to find Harry Maguire’s best partner. Eric Bailly has pace, but he is rash and picks up too many injuries. Victor Lindelof plays the position better and seems to be Ole’s preferred option, but again, he is not totally convincing.
He added: “If I was Ole and could sign a defender this month, I’d go for Wesley Fofana at Leicester. He’s only 20, but he has been outstanding and he has the potential to be anything he wants to be.
“United have done OK at the back this season, but they have been exposed when playing against the big teams and that’s another problem they need to solve.”