The World Cup is well under way and Manchester United fans will be watching some of the top players star on the World stage.
In fact, fans of the Red Devils will be desperate for new boss Louis van Gaal to pick up a player or two from the tournament.
So, which players should Manchester United consider signing? Let's take a look:
1. Daley Blind (Netherlands)
The versatile 24-year-old left-back impressed in the opening game of the tournament for Holland against a depleted Spain side, showing a huge amount of confidence in his own defensive and attacking ability. Blind was an unsung hero in a 5-1 rout of the defending champions, assisting the equaliser with the exceptional diagonal ball over the Spanish defence to provide Robin van Persie's magnificent effort, as well as being a constant threat in attacking areas.
The make shift left-back turned defensive midfielder has been part of an Ajax side that has won four consecutive Dutch titles. Blind was named Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2014 after an exceptional season saw the 24-year-old make 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring just once.
Blind has attracted interest from a number of top european clubs in recent months, including Liverpool and Tottenham but van Gaal's influence could give United an edge in the negotiation process. The left-back would bring a much needed attacking threat to the United side but would also bring versatility in a number of areas as he is able to play in a holding midfield position and would be a solid replacement for current left-back Patrice Evra in the future.
2. Thomas Müller (Germany)
The 24-year-old scored the first hat-trick of the 2014 World Cup as Germany produced a ruthless attacking display to destroy 10-man Portugal. Müller is likely to become a vital component in Germany's campaign if they inevitably progress through to the last 32, with his deadly composure in-front of goal as well as his ability to be in the right place at the right time for his team.
Despite Müller recently signing a new contract, he has often expressed frustration with his role at Bayern Munich and if United make the right offer, it could sway decisions of the versatile midfielder, who has scored 20 goals in 50 games for the German national side.
Müller holds key attributes that will attract fans and players at Old Trafford. He shows great composure in front of goal, something that United have craved all season. The 24-year-old's work ethic is another vital feature in his game and suits Louis van Gaal's style of playing. A player who could change fortunes at Manchester United.
3. Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands)
The youngster is among four talented Feyernoord defenders included in Louis van Gaal's national side and the Manchester United manager has shown faith in the 22-year-old. Reports have suggested that Van Gaal is interested in making the centre-back a United player in the near future after impressing in the national side.
He netted Holland's third goal in their dominant victory against Spain. He is tall and strong, with his pace also a great asset to the team. de Vrij could be the perfect long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic after confirming he is likely to leave the club after the World Cup ends.
Stefan de Vrij was given his Holland debut by Van Gaal and has since made nine international appearances, while also impressing with Feyernoord in the Dutch league. A must-buy in terms of potential if United want to progress next season.
4. Alexis Sanchez (Chile)
Sanchez arrived at Barcelona with high hopes of becoming a regular starter but the high profile signing of Neymar has left Sanchez unable to establish himself as a regular since arriving in 2011.
At Barcelona, he tends to play on the right-hand side which is a position where he made 32 La Liga and Champions League starts last season, scoring 17 goals and picking up 10 assists.
Chile met Australia in a tight affair saw the 25-year-old shine in the 3-1 victory over Australia, bagging the first goal with a composed finish. It’s hard to imagine that a player of Sanchez’s calibre would not be on Louis van Gaal’s wish list post-World Cup and exciting performances could tempt a bid from Manchester United.
The Dutchman is weighing up a move for Sanchez, with £20 million estimated to be close to the fee required to sign him but it remains to be seen whether United’s interest materialises. The signing of Sanchez would make a real statement at Old Trafford.
5. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
Schweinsteiger worked under Van Gaal with great success at Bayern Munich after converting the player from a defender to a defensive midfielder. Reports suggest that the new boss has expressed his desire to bring the 29-year-old to Old Trafford in the Dutchman's first season in charge..
The German International did not feature in Germany's victory over Portugal because of a knee injury but expect him to feature heavily in Brazil. He has won seven Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, a UEFA Champions League title, and two League Cups during his time with Bayern Munich.
Reports have indicated the new Manchester United manager wants to bring German trio Schweinsteiger, Hummels and Muller to Old Trafford and his relationship with these players could prove pivotal in potential moves.
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