Manchester United ‘shelved plans to sign Kieran Trippier this month’ amid uncertainty over Atletico Madrid right-back’s 10-week ban for breaching betting rules as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks for competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka
- Kieran Trippier was handed a 10-week worldwide ban for breaching betting rules and fined £70,000 on December 23
- But the ban was then suspended by FIFA on January 3 pending an appeal
- It meant Tripper was able to play for Atletico Madrid against Sevilla on Tuesday
- But the uncertainty may have cost England right-back a move to Old Trafford
- Manchester United were reportedly considering a move for Trippier this month
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the position
Manchester United ‘cooled their interest in a move for Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier this month’ amid uncertainty over his betting ban.
The England international was handed a 10-week worldwide football ban and fined £70,000 on December 23 after a Football Association panel found he broke betting rules.
Trippier was due to miss 12 matches for LaLiga leaders Atletico but the ban was then suspended by FIFA on January 3 pending an appeal.
Manchester United reportedly cooled their interest in Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier amid uncertainty over his betting ban
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had wanted to bring in a right-back to compete with Aaron Wan-Bissaka
That allowed Trippier to play and set up a goal for Angel Correa in Atletico’s 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday night as Atletico maintained a four-point cushion to rivals Real Madrid at the top with two games in hand.
But, according to the Manchester Evening News, the uncertainty over Trippier’s ban led to United shelving plans to make a move for him this month.
Trippier is in the final 18 months of his Atletico contract and the prospect of a move to Old Trafford appeals to the Bury-born defender, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester City.
He would provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, offering more of an attacking threat to the youngster United paid £50million for in 2019.
Angel Correa celebrates with Kieran Trippier after opening the scoring in the 17th minute in Atletico’s 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday night
Defender Trippier was back in action after his betting ban was suspended by FIFA
The England right back currently has a 10-week ban on hold after the betting rule breaches
United wanted additional competition for Wan-Bissaka in the right-back position
Trippier has set up five goals for Atletico this season in LaLiga matches, while Wan-Bissaka has only one league assist to his credit so far.
Trippier, 30, has also been favoured by England manager Gareth Southgate in the position despite strong competitions from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker.
It means United may look elsewhere to bring in competition for Wan-Bissaka. Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who can also play in the position, is poised to sign for Bayer Leverkusen for £1.8m.
Teenager right-back Ethan Laird has joined MK Dons on loan and Brandon Williams could also leave this month on loan to a Premier League club.
Another right-sided defender, Diogo Dalot, is currently on a season-long loan to AC Milan.
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