Man United see Eric Dier as Michael Carrick’s replacement at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have pin-pointed Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier as an ideal replacement for Michael Carrick over the summer, according to reports.

The Englishman grew up in Portugal and ascended through the ranks at Sporting Lisbon before completing a move to Spurs in 2014.

He has featured as a centre back, full back and defensive midfielder throughout his career and attracted praise for his prowess in the middle at Euro 2016.

And according to ESPN sources, Jose Mourinho – also reportedly interested in Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko and Paris Saint Germain’s Marco Verratti – has identified Dier as a suitable replacement for Carrick.

It is clear that the 54-year-old has warmed to Dier’s unconventional upbringing. The 23-year-old’s composed, versatile approach is indeed reflective of a continental – or, phrased differently, a strictly ‘non-English’ – footballing education, and at such a young age one can expect his technique and overall reading of the game to develop further.

That said, opting for Dier at this exact time would be a questionable decision: the midfielder – especially during Spurs’ laughable European exploits – has failed to produce his usual poise and vision this season, losing his place in the starting XI to Victor Wanyama as a result. And perhaps Mourinho, as a result, would be better off seeking somebody already adept at competing regularly at the highest level over the summer.

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