Manchester United Right-Back Alternatives in the Transfer Window

With the January transfer window on the horizon, recent rumours have linked Manchester United with a new right-back.

However, with the news, the Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has been given a 10-week suspension and fined £70,000 after the Football Association panel found he broke betting rules.

He is set to be unavailable until the end of February, practically ending United’s interest for the time being. There must be some options Manchester United could have on their list, let’s see who they could choose.

Manchester United Right-Back Alternatives


Emerson has quickly emerged as one of the young stars to keep an eye on during his two-year spell at Real Betis from Barcelona. The Brazilian-born right-back has improved in both aspects of attack and defence; helping his side with six assists and three goals last season.

The Catalan club recently signed Sergino Dest in the summer so once the two-year loan finishes the 21-year-old could become available for transfer.

A more attacking proposition to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Brazilian defender could be a good fit for the Red Devils.


Tomas Tavares

The young Portuguese wing-back enjoyed a breakout season in the Benfica first-team winning a high 68% of his tackles and his recent loan to La Liga side Alaves could see him excel in his development in a more demanding and high-profile league.


Nordi Mukiele

United will be familiar with what Nordi Mukiele brings to the table, having faced the French defender in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The 23-year-old brings a level-head to the side having racked up 70 appearances for RB Leipzig since joining from Montpellier in 2018.

His versatility is also a bonus with an ability to fill in at centre-back and midfield when needed to. This versatility showed in how he was deployed by his manager, Julien Nagelsmann who rotated him in all three positions, predominantly in the right-back position.

Mukiele’s overall ability makes him a reliable option for United to look at with his overall characteristics at a very high standard. From his defensive awareness and tackling to ball-playing and physicality, the French defender is a strong asset along the backline.


Max Aarons

After the relegation of Norwich to the Championship, it was expected that the young English right-back would be likely to leave Carrow Road for pastures new.

In the summer transfer window, Max Aarons was linked with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain after catching the eye in the Premier League.

It was also rumoured Barcelona had two high-profile bids for the young full-back rejected in which case they turned their attention to Sergino Dest of Ajax.

A mainstay in the Norwich team this season, the 20-year old’s excellent contributions have helped the Canaries to the top of the table.  The young England international has three assists and a solitary goal to his name so far this season and if his impressive performances continue it will be difficult for Norwich to keep a hold of him.


Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot is the forgotten man at Manchester United after his manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer acquiesced the departure of the young Portuguese despite a lack of depth in the position.

Still, at 21 years of age and highly-rated by United fans, he is currently at AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.

The potential of Dalot is to be seen by everyone. Technically more attacking than defensive, as a rotation or back-up his skills certainly fit the bill but the current Manchester United manager wants to see more from his defender.

The Portuguese international has featured more consistently in the UEFA Europa League for the Italian side and has shown glimpses of what he is capable of.  His man of the match performance which included a goal and an assist against Sparta Prague confirmed his side’s qualification into the last 32.

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