Man Utd seeking new right-back in January but ‘doubtful’ over Kieran Tripper approach

Manchester United are said to have cooled their interest in signing Kieran Trippier, but continue to seek out a new right-back to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

United are going strong in the Premier League at present, recovering from a sticky start to emerge as genuine title contenders. The arrival of Amad Diallo from Atalanta adds another tool to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arsenal, but that isn’t expected to be their only addition to the squad this month.

Various reports have suggested they are keen to add a new right-back for the second half of the season, and that position is a reasonable concern for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, considering the lack of backup available for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

In terms of natural alternatives, only Timothy Fosu-Mensah is available, and Solskjaer opted to play Victor Lindelof on the right of the back four for the trip to Leicester, when Wan-Bissaka missed out.

And while reports earlier this week suggested that Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is a target ahead of the summer window, it has since been revealed by The Athletic that talks were underway to sign the former Spurs defender, who has been a regular in an impressive season for Atleti, this month.

They say, however, that interest has cooled as a result of his 10-week ban for betting offences, and the plan is now to pursue another right-back at the peak of their powers.

No names are mentioned in the report but it’s said Solskjaer is keen to sign a player with natural attacking instincts to counter-balance with Wan-Bissaka’s defensive sensibilities and give his side another option when up against sturdy defences.

Trippier was identified as the ideal option, given his age, experience, pedigree and crossing capabilities, but it seems other options will now be pursued, Norwich’s Max Aarons has been linked, but at just 21, he doesn’t fit the criteria here.

In any case, Solskjaer sees the arrival of a new right-back as central to the development of Wan-Bissaka. He is said to be hopeful that genuine competition can light a fire under the 23-year-old in a similar fashion to Luke Shaw on the other side of the pitch, who has stepped up his game since Alex Telles’ arrival from Porto.

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