With David Moyes yet to make his first major signing for Manchester United, United fans are getting anxious.
Ezequiel Garay could be that first signing, as Moyes looks to sign the defender as soon as possible. But do Manchester United really need him?
For the last five years, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have led Manchester United’s defence.
So much so that highly-rated defenders like Gerard Pique and Wes Brown had to be sold because Sir Alex Ferguson could not give them playing opportunities at the expense of Ferdinand or Vidic.
Now, with the aforementioned pair on the wrong side of 30, it is understandable that Moyes is looking to bring in a defender who has proved himself time and again and is capable of stepping straight into the starting line-up: Garay.
But would this be fair to the other centre-backs at Manchester United?
Jonny Evans had a terrific season last year and had more appearances than both Ferdinand and Vidic.
Chris Smalling, though hampered by injuries, is a rising prospect and can be played as a centre-back or as a right-back.
Michael Keane has put in many terrific performances playing for Manchester United’s reserves and was finally given a break into the first team as he was chosen to be a part of the MUFC tour squad.
And last but not the least, Phil Jones, one of the most versatile players United possess, is also knocking on the first team door.
Vidic has had recurring injuries over the past two years, and was forced to miss the pre-season tour due to his knee problems.
So the time is ripe to replace him, but that replacement should be one of the defenders already playing for Manchester United.
With so many talented centre-backs waiting to pounce on that opportunity to play, United do not need another one as it will only create unnecessary competition for places.
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