Ruud Gullit urges Manchester United to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano

RB Leipzig v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
The French defender was outstanding in Leipzig’s win over Atletico (Picture: Getty Images)

Ruud Gullit says Manchester United must focus on strengthening their defence like Jurgen Klopp did at Liverpool and suggests Dayot Upamecano could be the starting point for that rebuild.

The Reds boss brought in Virgil van Dijk and Alisson and within two-and-a-half seasons won the Champions League and their first league title in over 30 years.

Meanwhile, United have added £80 million signing Harry Maguire, however, questions remain over his centre-back partner Victor Lindelof and their No.1 David de Gea.

Jadon Sancho is believed to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority target in the transfer window, however, the move has been blocked by Borussia Dortmund due to United’s unwillingness to pay their £108 million price tag for the winger.

Upamecano has been linked with a move to the Red Devils and Arsenal, but Leipzig recently moved to extend the Frenchman’s contract to 2023.

The 21-year-old powerhouse produced another excellent performance in the Bundesliga side’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Thursday.

Manchester United Training Session
Solskjaer is on the lookout for a defender (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Chelsea and Netherlands midfielder Gullit believes defence should be the priority for United in the transfer market and proposes that Upamecano could be a good option.

He told beIN Sports: ‘[What] Was the first thing [Jurgen] Klopp did with Liverpool?

‘He bought a good defence. He bought a goalkeeper and good defenders because everything starts there.

‘And I think Man United should start there as well. I saw something amazing with Leipzig and Dayot Upamecano.

‘He was outstanding [against Atletico Madrid]. He can play football, he’s hard in the tackle

‘Defence is what I would start if I was Man Utd.’

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