Given his towering frame and lack of general mobility, Torres was left exposed as Andre Silva left him for dead with a quick turn and shot on the swivel. Fortunately for the Spain ace, Silva’s effort flashed past the post.
But in general, his defensive positioning was impressive as he showed his awareness to stay within La Roja’s high line. He was put to the test late on when Ronaldo was summoned from the bench with Spain leading 1-0, thanks to Alvaro Morata’s first-half strike. But while the superstar was quiet, Torres’ clean sheet disappeared after Ricardo Horta’s late leveller.
United need no reminder of the centre-back’s ability after he played a key role in Villarreal’s Europa League triumph in 2021 at the expense of the Red Devils. He also shone this season for Unai Emery’s side as they made the final four of the Champions League before a 5-2 aggregate defeat by Liverpool.
The asking price quoted for United could see them pay as much as £50m for the player. And with insiders revealing the deal reportedly ‘close’, according to GiveMeSport, United fans will be excited at the prospect of a new defender potentially arriving at Old Trafford this summer.