Once a powerhouse dominating English football, Manchester United has witnessed a significant decline in performance and standards over the past decade.

Currently, the second-most decorated club in England finds itself in the sixth position in the Premier League and has been eliminated from European competition.

Adding to their struggles, manager Erik ten Hag’s side has now earned an undesirable record this week, possessing the worst defensive performance ever by an English team in the Champions League group stages.

In response to these challenges, the Red Devils are set to turn to the transfer market in January, with a focus on reinforcing their defensive department.

The latest transfer speculation involves Jarrad Branthwaite, with Manchester United expressing interest in signing the defender from Everton.

According to TEAMtalk, the club has been closely monitoring Branthwaite for over a year. Everton values the defender highly and is reportedly seeking £75 million for his transfer.

Sean Dyche’s side is open to letting Branthwaite go to bolster their squad and improve their financial fair play situation.

Known for his composed style of play, Branthwaite is seen by Manchester United fans as a potential left-footed version of Rio Ferdinand.

The 21-year-old, returning to Everton after a loan spell at PSV, has been outstanding, featuring in 14 appearances and contributing to five clean sheets. His partnership with James Tarkowski has been formidable.

Described as a “wall” by scout Jacek Kulig, Branthwaite stands at an imposing 6 feet 5 inches. Despite his size, he showcases impressive mobility, using his long legs to navigate challenges with attackers and excel in 1v1 situations.

Ten Hag will be hoping to add this composed yet formidable presence to bolster United’s defense.

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