22-year-old Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who has been linked with Manchester United several times this season as reported in October and in January, scored a ‘great’ goal last night against Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.
Kounde picked up the ball in his own half before starting his move towards goal, exchanging passes with Suso and then skipping past several challenges, dribbling around Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti before finishing past Morgan Ter Stegen in the bottom left corner. An excellent goal for any player, enhanced by the fact that Kounde is a central defender for Sevilla. You can see the goal below:
Sevilla finished the game 2-0 winners, and while Barcelona may yet defeat them with a three-goal margin in the second leg, somehow you think a team with Kounde in it won’t give them that opportunity.
And for United fans who have been disappointed with our defence this season, this was an excellent reminder of what they can expect if the club were to move to for the Sevilla defender.
Although after this performance, fans will be justified in wondering why United didn’t make the move last summer, when the need for a defender was evident and Kounde’s price tag would have been lower.
Performances like this are only going to increase his transfer fee and generate interest from other clubs, both of which make it harder for United to sign him.