VIDEO: £40m reported United target scores as Atletico Madrid are humbled

Mestalla Valencia

Nicolas Otamendi was man of the match for Valencia in their 3-1 victory against Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United did not address their defensive issues over the summer. This summer they let Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand leave the club and clearly need new defensive reinforcements.

Last weekend injury and suspension saw them thin at the back - and Paddy McNair is expected to play again this weekend.

Now they are being reported to have an interest in the services of Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi - again.

The Argentine international is reportedly available for £40 million in January. But they could have snapped him up in January, for just £9.5 million.

Otamendi only signed for Valencia from FC Porto in February of this year, and was subsequently loaned out to Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro.

But when Valencia announced the deal they also announced that Manchester United had in fact 'pulled out' of a deal to sign him in the winter.

Eight months down the line and Manchester United are being linked with a move for the player for £30.5 million more than they could have got him earlier in the year.

Now Otamendi has scored his first goal for his current club. He bagged one of the three goals that Valencia managed in the first 15 minutes against La Liga champions Atletico Madrid at the Mestalla this afternoon - in what was eventually a 3-1 win for the side.

He was a player United missed out on, and is reportedly one they are looking at once again, based on recent evidence you can understand why.

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