Manchester United could make a move for Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor in January, with Luke Shaw set to miss most of the season after suffering a double fracture of the right leg against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.
This is according to the Daily Star’s chief sports writer, Jeremy Cross, who understands United scouts have already run the rule over the 21-year-old on several occasions with a view to submitting a formal offer next summer.
But Shaw’s horrific injury means United are now seriously considering a January bid for the highly-rated defender.
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Taylor has not missed a minute of Leeds’ league campaign so far this season and has earned rave reviews with his eye-catching displays.
The former England Under-19 international spent time away from Elland Road on loan with the likes of Bradford City and Fleetwood Town over the past few seasons, but has finally established himself as a first-team regular with Leeds under Uwe Rösler.
Do United need another left-back?
However, Manchester United fans may feel their team has sufficient cover for Shaw, without needing to dip into the transfer market for another left-sided full-back.
Both Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo are capable of playing at left-back, and there is a small chance Shaw could return to action as early as six months time, according to the Guardian.
That would be the perfect scenario for both Shaw and Manchester United - although such serious injuries can, unfortunately, sometimes lead to complications and setbacks.
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