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Could United be ready to swoop for Spurs defender?

Could Danny Rose be the answer to United’s left-back question?

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Manchester United are interested in bringing Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose to Old Trafford as part of a £40 million deal which could see Luke Shaw move in the other direction. That’s according to a report in today’s Mirror, which points to the fact that Rose was omitted from the Spurs squad beaten in Saturday’s North London derby as evidence of possible tension between player and manager.

However, Rose is still on the comeback trail after a two-and-a-half month absence with a knee injury, so it’s perfectly plausible that fitness concerns were the actual cause of Rose’s absence. As we’ve noted here before, rumours involving the exchange of players can almost invariably be thrown straight into the BS bin, and this one’s probably no exception.

That said, United do have ongoing problems at left-back, and all hopes that Shaw must have had of being the long-term solution have been dashed by his consistent non-appearance under José Mourinho. Danny Rose would quite clearly be an upgrade on all other options we’ve currently got in that position, and if he were to come available, it would make sense that we’d be interested. For the time being, though, we’re avoiding getting too excited.