Manchester United consider left-back signing amid ongoing injury concerns

Tyrell Malacia has yet to feature for United this seasonTyrell Malacia has yet to feature for United this season
Tyrell Malacia has yet to feature for United this season | Manchester United via Getty Imag
Man Utd have been without a recognised senior left-back for much of the season

Manchester United will consider signing a left-back in the summer transfer window amid ongoing concerns over the fitness of both Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.

Shaw has made just 15 appearances so far this campaign and might not play again this season following his latest injury setback, while Malacia has not featured at all this season. United signed Sergio Reguilon on loan from Tottenham in the first half of the campaign to help solve their issues but terminated the deal in January because they thought Shaw and Malacia would soon be available for selection.

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The decision backfired after Shaw suffered an injury against Luton last month, while Malacia suffered a setback during his rehabilitation from knee surgery which required a further procedure. United remain convinced Shaw is one of the leading left-backs in the Premier League but acknowledge that there is a lack of a reliable back up option to replace him given Malacia's own injury struggles.

It could lead United to signing a younger option this summer, who would arrive as support to the former Southampton man, with the long-term possibility of potentially replacing him in the starting line up.

The desire to add another full-back has become a growing priority for United in recent weeks but is still expected to be behind adding another centre-back, central midfielder and a forward.

Alvaro Fernandez joined Benfica on loan in January and while he is unlikely to start enough games to trigger an obligation to buy him for €6million, he could yet join the Portuguese club on a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.

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United academy duo Harry Amass, 16, and Habeeb Ogunneye, 18, have both been involved in first-team training in recent weeks to help make up the numbers, with the latter on the bench against Nottingham Forest, Man City and Everton.

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