Antonio Valencia is a winger, not a right-back, therefore Manchester United ought to be searching for a stronger option in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United fans have seen a right winger regularly play at right-back throughout the season. Even when Rafael Da Silva was available, his opportunities were limited due to Antonio Valencia getting Louis van Gaal’s nod of approval.
It appeared more evident as time went on that Valencia was not a full-back. While Rafael is renowned for being rash at times, the Brazilian has a better idea of playing right-back so it was mind-boggling to see him pushed aside for a make-shift alternative.
I highly doubt United fans want to see Valencia at right-back for another season, so here are three potential targets Manchester United may consider approaching this summer.
Dani Alves - Barcelona
Destined to leave Barcelona this summer, as per Goal, after telling reporters he has ‘both feet and a head’ out the door at Camp Nou, Alves would bring a wealth of experience to Manchester United’s defence.
After losing Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic last summer, the Old Trafford outfit lacked know-how. The Brazilian could win his third Champions League winners' medal when Barcelona take on Paris St. Germain in Berlin, Germany, on 6 June 2015.
Defensively, there may be questions, but Alves is without doubt a better option than Valencia.
Nathaniel Clyne - Southampton
Twelve months ago all talk surrounded Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, who later joined Manchester United for £30million - per Sky Sports. Will Clyne follow his former team-mate in the same direction?
The 24-year-old is a proper right-back, which is something of a novelty nowadays. He’s not the most creative full-back in the Premier League, but Clyne performs his defensive duties reliably.
There is a lot of emphasis on full-backs being ultimately attack-minded and explosive. It is, however, refreshing to see someone old fashioned fill the full-back berth again.
Seamus Coleman - Everton
Previously linked with United, as per the Daily Mail, Coleman ought to get a mention as a potential target to fill the right-back position next season.
Going forward the Ireland international is among the best full-backs in the Premier League. Defensively, however, there is plenty of room to improve. That said, Everton’s system is set up so that the right-back and left-back can concentrate on attacking.