Why Liverpool's latest signing of Nathaniel Clyne is a bigger blow to Manchester United than Roberto Firmino

Clyne Tackles Gervinho

Why Liverpool's signing of Nathaniel Clyne is a bigger blow to Manchester United than Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Nathaniel Clyne via their official website, as they continue their determined summer spending spree.

He is the sixth new face to join the Reds, the latest after Brazilian international Roberto Firmino.

Manchester United were linked with both players prior to Liverpool making their move, and the acquisition of Firmino was held up as the Anfield side making their mark by adding a top quality difference maker to their attack.

The Red Devils finished above Liverpool last season by eight points, but it is the signing of Clyne which is a bigger blow to United than Firmino was.

Position of need

Roberto Firmino will upgrade Liverpool's attack, but it could be that ultimately he is a replacement for Raheem Sterling.

He was not a player United needed particularly, with Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Angel di Maria providing an embarrassment of riches in attacking midfield positions.

Right-back however was a position of need for both clubs, and Liverpool have done superbly to sign England's best current player in the position.

He replaces the now departed Glen Johnson and immediately solves the club's problems there. At United the options at right-back are less clear.

Louis van Gaal made it obvious he did not especially trust Rafael da Silva last season, who struggled with injuries, and played Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia in the position, which was far from ideal. It backfired badly against Arsenal in the FA Cup, with the Ecuadorian at fault for both goals.

Signing Clyne would put United in a healthier position than they are currently, but instead Liverpool are the ones who can tick off that particular area of improvement.

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