€30m star Manchester United snubbed is in the form of his life

Atletico Madrid Vicente Calderon

As Manchester United struggle with their lack of defenders, their decision not to pursue Miranda is looking like an error.

The word 'crisis' has been used around Manchester United this week, due to a lack of defenders available for team selection.

The likes of Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, and Tyler Blackett are either injured or suspended, and the decision not to prioritise a top centre-half this season is looking like a real error.

Even more so, when you consider the sensational form of Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, a player linked strongly to United this summer.

United were reportedly interested in the Brazilian, but with the La Liga champions only willing to sell for his €30 million release clause, the Red Devils opted against a deal.

With the defender having turned 30 recently, it's fair to see why they thought he was not a cost effective option, but he certainly would have been preferable at that price, than the decision not to sign anybody of his calibre.

Miranda was after all one of the best defenders in La Liga last season, wrongly overlooked for Brazil's World Cup squad.

Having stayed at the club in the summer, he has begun the season in terrific form, scoring three goals in five games.

This is exactly half of the goals Atletico have scored in La Liga this season. So far, no United defenders have found the scoresheet, one of only seven sides in the Premier League not to do so.

Atletico have meanwhile conceded only six goals in six games. United conceded five in their last one.

He may be 30, but he is at his peak, and United could do with a player like him at present, if they were serious about winning now.

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