I was blown away by what Manchester United's dream left-back did to them this season

Manchester United are fond of both Milos Kerkez and Rayan Ait-Nouri as they look to sign a left-backManchester United are fond of both Milos Kerkez and Rayan Ait-Nouri as they look to sign a left-back
Manchester United are fond of both Milos Kerkez and Rayan Ait-Nouri as they look to sign a left-back | Getty Images
Man Utd were tormented by one of their summer transfer targets two months ago.

Manchester United's trip to face Bournemouth in April might not immediately spring to mind when you try to recall it, but it could be revisited a lot this summer.

Bruno Fernandes grabbed a brace as United twice came from behind to earn a point on the South Coast, in another game when Erik ten Hag's side were lucky to avoid defeat.

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For many United fans though, it was the first real chance for them to watch Milos Kerkez closely, a player the club are fond of heading into the summer.

A new left-back is of interest to United in the upcoming transfer window, though it is viewed somewhat as a bonus addition, with centre-back, central midfield and striker the more pressing areas for improvement. It means signing a full-back will likely depend on selling players to finance the move, with club officials well aware that more suitable cover for Luke Shaw is required after Tyrell Malacia's own fitness issues.

Kerkez was one of the standout stars in the aforementioned 2-2 draw at the Vitality Stadium, with United experiencing first-hand what a unique threat he poses to any opponent. The 20-year-old tormented United throughout the match, not only with his bursting runs down the left wing but also with his recovery work out of possession.

One moment that springs to mind is when he jockeyed Alejandro Garnacho in his own box, before expertly sliding in to prevent a cross from reaching Rasmus Hojlund in the centre. Then, rather than panic by lumping the ball up field, he calmly passed it to a teammate in his own box to try and start a counter-attack.

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The Hungarian was also unfortunate not to score a goal and grab an assist of his own during the match, first when he burst down the touchline and was only denied at the near-post by Andre Onana and shortly after when his ferocious header cannoned off the crossbar. Bournemouth also wasted an excellent chance to score when Justin Kulivert fired straight at Onana after an excellent in swinging cross from the full-back.

Ineos are targeting Premier League proven players under the age of 25 this summer, and Kerkez looks like an ideal fit for the club going forward. Not only would he do a job immediately, but there would be enormous room for growth if they got him now and the potential to even sell him on again for a profit if required.

The issue again is money. Kerkez only signed for Bournemouth last summer in a deal worth roughly £15.5 million and they would demand a huge increase on that fee if they were to sell him after just a year. United are not in a position where they can spend huge on a left-back while there are much more pressing areas to address, but there is also the compelling argument that signing him this summer could still prove to be a bargain in the long run if he reaches his full potential.

If it is exciting Premier League talent United want, then Kerkez fits the bill. Just ask those who played against him.

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