Manchester United are planning to sign Kieran Trippier this summer, the MEN report reports.

Trippier was previously linked to United last year and would bolster the club’s options as a right-back.

The England international has two years left on his current contract with Atletico and The MEN report that he is open to a return to England.

This may not be the most exciting transfer deal in the world, but it would make United’s squad better. Here are five reasons why Trippier would be the perfect match as a right-back …

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Experienced competition

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has played 100 games for United in two seasons. That is commendable, but also speaks of a lack of competition in the right-back.

Trippier is a player that Wan-Bissaka can learn from and that United can also benefit from in terms of better rotation options.

Last season, Alex Telles moved on to cup matches for Luke Shaw as a left-back, but Wan-Bissaka often faced dual duties as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not have the same confidence in Brandon Williams to be a quality replacement.

Telles’ arrival also sparked an improvement in Shaw’s game, and it could do the same for Wan-Bissaka. The competition between the two can only be good for United and will keep the former Palace talent from feeling too comfortable.

Not a long-term problem

Wan-Bissaka, 23, doesn’t have to worry about being replaced by the 30-year-old Trippier in the long term.

This is a short-term fix for Wan-Bissaka to benefit from and is preferable to United’s spending on another junior right-back.

Max Aarons, 21, had previously been linked, but that move didn’t really make sense, especially with promising teens coming through the academy.

Ethan Laird is likely to be loaned out and is a player with a bright future as a right-back. Behind him, the ex-Barcelona talent Marc Jurado is also developing in the United Academy.

Trippier is more of a player for the next two or three seasons than one who would stifle Laird or Jurado’s development.

Crossing ability

While Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s attack restrictions are a bit over the top, considering he was just one less assist than Luke Shaw last season, Trippier United can benefit in that regard.

Trippier is a good flanker of the ball who effectively links up with Harry Kane for Tottenham and England and it could benefit Edinson Cavani who has a strong header.

He could also take corners from the right, which Shaw would avoid reverting to his position on the left after taking them on the right.

Trippier has been a constant template for Atletico at six this season and five last season.

Last season he averaged 1.2 chances per game in the league versus 0.9 for Wan-Bissaka. In Trippier’s last season in the Premier League, he averaged 1.8 per game, while Tottenham’s 2018/19 run to the Champions League final averaged 3.1 per game.

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Title experience

Trippier’s two-year stay in Spain culminated in an impressive La Liga title for Atletico Madrid last season in which he started 28 games.

This type of experience is essential to compliment a roster that has recently fallen short when it comes down to it. He will be full of confidence and this will help him succeed at United.

Trippier has been in a similar situation at Spurs for so long but has pushed himself and benefited from joining Atletico and made himself a winner.

Working under a defensive minded coach like Diego Simeone has taught him a lot and United can benefit from the experience he has gained in Spain.

England connections

One of the positive aspects of a move for Trippier would be that he is spending the summer with four United players at Euro 2020.

Trippier already knows Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Dean Henderson and will get to know them better over the next month.

We can even throw in Jadon Sancho optimistically if United also successfully lands the Dortmund winger.

All of this will help Trippier settle into Manchester United quickly if he signs and have a positive start at Old Trafford.

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Kieran Trippier: player profile

  1. Born in Bury, Trippier started out at City Academy

    Trippier left City without playing a game to sign with Burnley to play football regularly.

  2. Promotion winner

    Trippier helped Burnley to rise from the championship in 2013/14 and recorded 14 assists in a single season.

  3. Four years under Pochettino

    Trippier signed with Tottenham in 2015 and was regularly appointed to the English squad there. He also started in the 2019 Champions League final.

  4. World Cup star

    Trippier was one of England’s top players at the 2018 World Cup and effectively bonded with Harry Kane. He scored a memorable free kick for England in the semi-final against Croatia.

  5. Title win with Atletico

    Trippier left Tottenham in 2019 to take on a new challenge at Atletico Madrid from Diego Simeone. In his second season at the club, he won the La Liga title.

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