Manchester United transfer plans threatened by Strootman injury

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Manchester United may have to reconsider their summer transfer plans after Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman suffered a serious knee ligament injury.

According to The Daily Express, the Red Devils may have to revaluate and move on to other targets after Strootman suffered a torn cartilage in his left knee during the Serie A outfit's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday.

24-year-old Strootman - dubbed 'the Dutch Roy Keane' - had been in good form for Roma this season, with rumours claiming that the Premier League champions had made the £33 million-rated Netherlands international a top target for the summer.

Manchester United boss David Moyes - who has notably struggled at Old Trafford since moving from Everton following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer - could evidently do with a new midfielder, with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick largely failing to impress this season.

However, it looks as if former PSV Eindhoven star may not be on this list of preferred targets after all.

To add insult to injury, the nasty injury is expected to keep Strootman out of action for months - meaning he will unfortunately be forced to miss out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Manchester United, who currently sit sixth in the Premier League following Saturday's satisfying 3-1 triumph over West Brom at The Hawthorns, are widely expected to invest significantly in their squad this summer following such a testing campaign.

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