Kevin Strootman has to partner Ander Herrera at Manchester United

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Manchester United's signing of Ander Herrera would have gone down very well with fans of the Red Devils. The middle of the park has been a problem area at Old Trafford for some time now.

United have struggled to dictate play and dominate football matches throughout the course of the last year or so, and the addition of Herrera will act as a welcome boost for the club. The signing of the Spaniard, however, may not be Van Gaal's only midfield recruit in this - or the next - transfer window. 

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Pogba, Vidal and Co. 

Since Van Gaal took the helm at the Theatre of Dreams, the Red Devils have been linked with a whole host of names from Cesc Fabregas - now of Chelsea - to Sami Khedira. Unsurprisingly Juventus duo, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal - who have gone from strength-to-strength as a pairing in Serie A - have been linked with summer moves to the Red Devils. 

Pogba, of course, was once a United player, before he jumped ship and left the club for free. That switch certainly riled fans of the Red Devils as they seemingly lost one of their brightest talents. Vidal, on the other hand, has proved his maturity in Italy in recent time and, at 27-years old, is in the prime of his career, and would certainly slot in nicely into Manchester United's midfield. 

But, is there really anything in these links? It's surely unlikely. Van Gaal must have his sights set on one man - a man that he has complete trust in...

Kevin Strootman 

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman may well be currently struck down with injury, but the Dutch master is a massive Van Gaal favourite. In fact, before the player's injury, Van Gaal's World Cup plans completely revolved around the midfield general. 

Strootman, unsurprisingly, has also been linked with a move to the Red Devils - and it's a deal that makes sense. With Herrera already signed, expect Van Gaal to eventually bring Strootman to the club. 


But, be warned: United may well have to wait until the January transfer window to land him. Risking mega money on the crocked star right now would be a very strange move. That doesn't mean, however, that the new United boss will give up on him.

It's likely that he will wait for the winter market, and eventually make him Herrera's midfield partner at the Theatre of Dreams. Van Gaal is clever and will be well aware that he can make do with Michael Carrick and his new Spanish recruit until then. After all, Carrick has pretty much looked after the Manchester United midfield on his own for the last couple of years. 

What will change? 

If Strootman is eventually signed under the new regime, United will suddenly have a midfield that has the capabilities and quality to control the tempo of games. Strootman - much like Herrera - is 24-years-old, and the pair of them could act as United's No.1 midfield partnership the next five to seven years. 

The pair of them would accommodate each other extremely well. Strootman has similar qualities to former United captain Roy Keane. He's a ball winner and, much like Keane in his prime, a box-to-box player, who doesn't let his opponents breathe. 

Herrera, on the other hand, may look to emulate Scholes at the Theatre of Dreams. The Spanish international is an extremely intelligent and gifted young player, and has all the attributes to succeed at Old Trafford. Van Gaal will surely be considering Strootman, and it's a move that would pay off for the Dutchman. 

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