Mats Hummels backed to replace Vidic at Manchester United

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is the perfect candidate to replace the outgoing Nemanja Vidic.

The Red Devils will be in the market for a new defender who can lead Manchester United's back-line in the summer following the departures of experienced duo Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Vidic and Ferdinand have played a major role in Manchester United's success since the former joined the club in 2006.

However Manchester United will now have to create a new centre-back partnership following the aforementioned duo's decision to end their long-term affiliation with the club.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are all set to compete for one of the two centre-back spots with incoming manager Louis van Gaal likely to bring in a world-class defender to fill the gigantic void left by two of Manchester United's most influential stars.

And Schmeichel believes Borussia Dortmund star Hummels would be a good fit at Old Trafford.

Schmeichel, speaking to the Daily Express, said on the prospect of Manchester United signing Hummels: "United have got Jones, Smalling and Evans but going by what the media are saying, Hummels is a target.

"That's a good starting point to bring him in. He has good leadership skills and he is a fantastic defender.

"He's someone we've been looking at for a couple of years and he's been heavily connected with United.

"Also we need to bring in a midfielder - players like Toni Kroos who has been mentioned for a long time and he would be a great addition.

"We need players that can install or restore the confidence in the club and squad as well.

"It will send valuable messages to people that care about the club.

"I think four or five players is what is being reported in the media and that's not too far enough."

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