Manchester United are in a mess of their own making in The Champions League and they realistically need to beat Wolfsburg on their own patch on Tuesday evening to reach the knockout stages of The Champions League.
The dream scenario would be for Manchester United to go over there, get the result and solve their left-back problems at the same time.
Because Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez has been heavily linked to Manchester United for some time.
Back in March The Daily Mail reported:
Manchester United are considering a summer move for Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez, claims the player’s agent.
‘I can say that United have called for information, but that Wolfsburg do not want to give in. With Real there was nothing official.’
Fast forward to late November and the stories re-surfaced with The Metro reporting:
The Red Devils are hunting for a replacement for the injured Luke Shaw and believe the Switzerland international is a fine option.
What we do know is that Louis van Gaal is desperately short in that area with Luke Shaw out until April and Marcos Rojo dislocating his shoulder again last week.
Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind can also play there but LvG himself admitted recently that:
“I was convinced Luke would have a very good season and because of that I didn’t want to buy a second player for left-back. Maybe we have to buy a left-back in January.”
The obvious need is for one or two more forwards. But they are hard to come by in January. A left-back is a more realistic target and this guy looks superb.
At 23 he already has 33 caps for Switzerland and has hit 13 goals in his roving role for Wolfsburg since he signed for the club in 2012.
We think that he is exactly the sort of adventurous full back who would be loved by the Manchester United faithful.
And a win for Manchester United on Tuesday will send Wolfsburg out of The Champions League and perhaps make them more amenable to a transfer.
Let’s see him in action.