As back-up, United have Matteo Darmian (28), a player not that famous with the fans and a player who hasn’t played a lot this season, making only 11 appearances and nearly disappearing from the line-up, further fueling the rumors of him being sold in the summer. United also have Young and Lindelof who can play as a right back if needed. Young has been the club’s first choice left-back but can also play as a right back due to his versatility and winger roots, whereas Lindelof has played as a right back for Sweden.
The main problem in the left back role has been the back-ups. United have sufficient back-ups in the form of Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. Daley Blind has been injured for the majority of the season so hasn’t made an impact. He has got limited game time and has just recovered from a fresh injury. He looks the first to be offloaded in the summer to fund a move for a better player and in all fairness, the player should leave United to salvage something from the remaining years of his career. Marcos Rojo has just signed a new deal with the club, which means that he will be a key player next season. Although he can play left back, as he has got the pace and attacking qualities required for one, he is better off a centre back and should remain there. His frequent injury record doesn’t help matters.
As mentioned above, Darmian looks set to leave as he can’t much game time with Valencia at right back and cannot do the same at left-back. He may have started in the Europa League Final as a left back, which is still a mystery on how he was selected because he is definitely a liability as he can’t cross the ball and possesses high levels of clumsiness.
Lastly, Luke Shaw, the most controversial and talked about player on our list. Shaw’s future looks rather uncertain after the recent criticism and hatred towards him. Shaw is a fantastic player and being included in the PFA Team of the Year at the age of 19 is no joke. It shows his quality. However, the player has been plagued with numerous injuries after his double leg break against PSV three years back. But, it looks that Shaw has started to maintain his fitness levels after all and slowly is trying to get into the good books of Jose, who publicly criticised him and subbed him off at half time. Jose stated that Shaw is always an option for him and there is no rift with the player. But, the press keeps on unsettling the youngster who is trying his best and shows courage and commitment to the United badge. He is behind Young for the starting spot, although he is better and suffering with lack of game time.