Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been lobbying for his United side to have two capable players in each position and his long-standing interest in Kieran Trippier proves just that. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is his preferred wide defender but the arrival of Alex Telles last year has showed that added competition bears more positives than negatives.
Trippier, a former Manchester City player, has enjoyed a stellar season in Spain, helping his Atlético Madrid side to their first domestic title in seven years. And that seems to have attracted the interest of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Manchester United are reportedly aware that Trippier is not as good as Wan-Bissaka in terms of eliminating a player out of a game, as we have seen in multiple Manchester derbies.
“United won only nine of their 19 home league games last season and know that certain opponents leave Wan-Bissaka wide open so that players have to pass him the ball. United think that is less likely to happen with Trippier,” Andy Mitten, the United We Stand editor, wrote for The Athletic.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was called up once by Gareth Southgate, the first England camp after his move to United from Crystal Palace, but it has often been Kieran Trippier who has sneaked in ahead of Wan-Bissaka.
Trippier has two years remaining on his current contract in Spain and it is believed that the former Tottenham defender is open to a return to the Premier League.