Erik Ten Hag has chosen experience over development to try to solve Manchester United’s left-back crisis in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils boss had a chaotic end to the summer transfer window, securing the late arrivals of Sofyan Amrabat and Sergio Reguilon on loan.
At the start of the summer with a left-back position that seemed relatively set in stone, things suddenly changed with injuries to first- and second-choice options Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.
Athletic claim an emergency shortlist has been drawn up, including Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Alonso and Marc Cucurella, only for the club to end up with Tottenham’s Reguilon.
However, other figures at the club had different ideas, believing youngster Alvaro Fernandez “worth a try”.
The 20-year-old Spaniard impressed on loan at Preston North End last season, being named Young Player of the Year, but that wasn’t enough for Ten Hag.
Fernandez’s loan spell at Granada was close to being called off following Shaw’s injury, but after the club secured Reguilon for the season, the youngster was allowed to join La Liga.
Reguilon and Amrabat were the latest arrivals from a summer which also saw Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount, Andre Onana, Jonny Evans and Altay Bayindir join them as well.
United have a two-win-two-loss record so far this season, with Shaw being replaced by Diogo Dalot after a loss to Tottenham.
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