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Manchester United looking to sign Spanish left back

Mundo Deportivo indicate Manchester United are among big English clubs in the picture to sign star left back.

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Report coming in from Mundo Deportivo indicate Manchester United are among big English clubs in the picture to sign Girona’s star left back Miguel Gutiérrez.

The English club has been interested in him for a while, and his 7 goals contribution in a well-overachieving Girona side have only strengthened said interest.

United are in desperate need for a left back on account of Luke Shaw’s injury proneness.

His usual understudy, Tyrell Malacia, has been injured all season, further echoing the need for a left back.

Miguel Gutiérrez has excelled as a full back for Girona this season after joining them in 2022 from Real Madrid.

His intelligence and interpretation of the game are like that of a seasoned midfielder, and that is exactly what Manchester United need in a left back.

The 22-year-old’s best attribute is his positioning, and he is always available and ready as a passing option. He is incredibly press resistant and combines this with fantastic technique and vision to start attacks for his side.

His overall pedigree in his understanding of the game is displayed throughout in simple actions like moving into midfield to cover the hole left by a midfielder, who dropped back to support build-ups. When said midfielder brings the ball back up the pitch, Miguel is intelligent enough to move out further wider to offer an option on the flanks.

On the defensive side of things, he has thoroughly improved, especially physically, in contrast to last season when he struggled to consistently play 90 minutes.

His best defensive attribute is his ability to defend in tight spaces. He is able to anticipate and recognize when the centre back leaves his position to meet the oncoming ball carrier, and is prepared to cover for him if needed. He is able to maintain his role as an ‘attacking fullback’ and still provide balance to the backline when a centre back is out of position.

The left back spent 11 years at Santiago Bernabéu before the Los Blancos sold him to Girona for €4 million euros and 50% of his rights and a sell-on clause.

He is having quite the season with the La Liga dark horses and that has propelled his market value to around €15-25 million according to footballtransfers.

His abilities on the ball as well as the fact that he can be deployed as an inverted full back makes his a fantastic option for Manchester United.

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