The other day I wrote an article that divided opinion slightly regarding Manchester United’s need to sign a right-back before anything else in January. I take that back - they should sign one before then.
But only because there is a potentially perfect replacement just waiting to be snapped up, for nothing, right now.
Ever since an apparent move to Marseille fell through in September the news regarding French international defender Anthony Reveillere has gone awfully quiet.
Before that, West Ham United, QPR, Cardiff City, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and Rennes were all linked with his signature at some stage - but as of this moment in time, the 33-year-old is still a free agent.
So why should United make a move for a player that turns 34 in a fortnights time?
Look, not for one minute is this going to be a long-term solution to any of United’s frailties - but his arrival really could do the team a world of good.
When Rafael is injured or rested the club are replacing him at right-back with somebody being shifted out of position, and they are not always performing to the best of their abilities.
Reveillere may be getting on a bit, but he is still quick and also has 20 caps for the French national team and was part of possibly the greatest club side in French history (he won 12 trophies in 10 years with Lyon).
He would slot perfectly into a back-up role, happy to sit on the bench until the end of the season and hopefully pick up some silverware - and he would be likely to do this for a relatively good price.
Not only would he provide cover at right-back, but he is also equally adept on the left-hand side - a position for which he has previously kept Patrice Evra out of the French side. On his day, he can even play at centre-back - which considering the injury history of messrs Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones and co can only be a good thing - unless you want to see Michael Carrick there again.
He is a cost effective, reliable and short-term solution to shore up a defence that has looked shaky and vulnerable this term.
Surely he is worth a look.
Do you think Reveillere would add something to the Manchester United team?
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