Manchester United would be crazy to sign £12m Arsenal star

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With Thomas Vermaelen's long term Arsenal future remaining uncertain, recent reports have linked him with a £12 million move to Manchester United

The Red Devils are expected to make a number of signings in the summer transfer window and, with Nemanja Vidic definitely on his way out and Rio Ferdinand quite possibly behind him, it's not a major surprise that David Moyes has been linked with a move for the Gunners captain. 

However, the United boss should stay away from the Belgian defender. At 28-years-old, Vermaelen is far from past it, but Moyes would look foolish if he was to sign the Arsenal outcast. 

Of course there's a huge chance that Manchester United will miss out on Champions League qualification this season, but they mustn't take another step backwards in the summer. 

And bringing Vermaelen to the club would be a step backwards. Manchester United need to rebuild and, if they are to make a defensive signing this summer, then they should sign a world class player. 

The potential signing of Vermaelen would also harm player morale - what would the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans think if Moyes signed a player only good enough for the Arsenal bench?

Between now and the end of the season, the Manchester United boss must decide whether the likes of Jones and Co. are good enough to take his new team forward. 

There's no doubt that we will be seeing a different Manchester United next season, but Vermaelen has no place in this side. 

Jones and Smalling, who were finally handed a chance to prove themselves as United's centre-back pairing against West Brom last weekend, must show their manager that they can hack it at the top level. 

Manchester United fans were over the moon the last time an Arsenal captain swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford, but if they do it again this summer then they will be feeling slightly embarrassed. 

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