Trippier also plays at right-back in Spain and for Gareth Southgate, and has been included as one of four right-sided defenders in his national team’s squad for the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.
United were credited with an interest in Trippier in the winter transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add competition after the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has struggled with positioning and his attacking game. Meanwhile Diogo Dalot has done well at AC Milan and appears most likely to join the Italian side on a permanent deal rather than return to Old Trafford for next season.
A ban over a breach of betting regulations saw Trippier suspended for 10 weeks during La Liga season, but that did not stop Atletico and Trippier himself winning the Spanish league title.
The 30-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of next season and so could be available for a relatively low sum. Given his age, and Atletico’s one billion euro debt problems following the heavy impact of the coronavirus pandemic, they may be happy to raise funds a summer early and get his wages off the books ahead of a squad refresh under Diego Simeone.
Trippier played for Spurs most recently in the Premier League before Atletico splashed out £20 million for the player, who is also able to deliver a decent set piece. His family are believed to be United fans, which might explain why a move to Liverpool did not go through when they were also rumoured to be interest along with Spurs when Burnley decided to sell the player.
United need to strengthen the right side of the pitch, and Jadon Sancho is the priority for further up the pitch.