Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has likened Dayot Upamecano to Rio Ferdinand and Jaap Stam and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been crying out for a player of his quality at the heart of his defence.
The Red Devils have reportedly decided to press ahead with a move for Upamecano next summer and the Frenchman had a perfect opportunity to impress his potential suitors on Wednesday night as Leipzig travelled to Old Trafford.
Upamecano was ultimately on the losing side in the Champions League Group H clash but the 22-year-old showed glimpses of his undoubted ability before United took control of the Champions League Group H clash with a second-half flourish.
An inspired Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score stunning hat-trick after Mason Greenwood’s opener, with Anthony Martial also converting from the penalty spot late on in what turned out to be a comprehensive 5-0 win for the hosts.
‘This is the type of defender I think United need, he’s very different to Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof,’ ex-United midfielder Scholes told BT Sport before Leizpig fell apart in the latter stages at the Theatre of Dreams.
‘He absolutely loves one-vs-ones, he loves getting down that channel because he knows he’s gonna beat them.
‘It’s very much the same as what Rio used to do, what Jaap Stam used to do.
‘It frees the rest of the team to worry about attacking play, because you know you’ve got a centre-half who is going to defend and he’ll do it all day.’
‘There’s always rumours and speculation about other players and Manchester United,’ the Norwegian boss said.
‘I don’t want to comment on every player we’re linked to.
‘Since he’s playing against us tomorrow, I know he’s a very good player and we can see him close up tomorrow.’