Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is having a rough time of things at the moment with controversies surrounding a couple of players and the team reeling under the impact of numerous injuries.
Both Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof hobbled off in the second half of the game against Arsenal but there is an expectation that they will be fit enough to continue post the international break.
United need quality defenders going forward
Such was the manager’s desperation that he had to play Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans in the dying moments of the game, highlighting the poor recruitment and inability to shift players.
As expected, the pair ended up conceding two goals in added time to ruin the team’s efforts throughout the contest with Evans culpable for both goals.
The England international is yet to start a game this season and it is clear to see that he is not in the manager’s plans and a move away is the best step for his international career.
But as per Fichajes, the club is already planning for the future and has Benfica rising star Antonio Silva in their sights.
Antonio Silva a target for next summer
With rumours swirling around both Lindelof and Varane, United should ideally target a young centre-back capable of fulfilling the role for the long-term and the Portuguese international fits the bill perfectly.
“The young Portuguese center back, only 19 years old, has been a key piece for Benfica since his debut with the first team. Silva has a contract until the summer of 2027 and is a profile that fits perfectly into Erik Ten Hag’s plans.
“The Dutch coach is looking for quality competition for defensive positions, and Silva could compete for a starting spot alongside the likes of Lisandro Martínez and Raphael Varane,” the report stated.
Silva would represent a fine piece of business if the report has any truth attached to it. His passing attributes coupled with his impressive physique have seen many dub him as the “next Ruben Dias”.