The Old Trafford outfit are said to have bid for the Southampton left-back, which shows common sense after recent embarrassment.
David Moyes’ tenure as Manchester United manager started with a number of embarrassing rejections in the transfer market last summer.
The prolonged chase of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas seemed to drag on and on, wasting a considerable amount of the Old Trafford club’s time to sign new players.
In the end, a host of players are said to have rejected United close to deadline day, with the likes of Sami Khedira and Daniele De Rossi later revealing that they spurned the opportunity to move to Manchester.
This move will not come as much of a surprise given the excellent season that the young defender has had, but it shows that United have learned from their mistakes.
Firstly, instead of pursuing unrealistic targets like Fabregas was last summer, United have identified a player that is more than good enough to improve the team that is also attainable.
Secondly, instead of leaving it to the last minute to panic buy, like they did with Marouane Fellaini, United look to be getting their summer off to a sprightly start by not delaying and risking running out of time.
With the World Cup set to delay most clubs’ plans in the market, it is very sensible to try and make moves before the tournament in Brazil starts.
With a new manager, most likely Louis van Gaal, set to be revealed in the near future, it looks like those in charge of recruitment have learned their lessons after last summer’s failures.