Manchester United need to sign Thomas Vermaelen

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The Louis Van Gaal revolution has begun at Old Trafford, and two signings have already been brought in by the Dutchman, even though he is currently in Brazil managing his native Holland.

Van Gaal is said to have given a list of who he wants to see at the club, with two names already brought in by the club. We all expected at least four big-name signings to be on that list, but nobody really expected Ander Herrera to join Luke Shaw as a Red Devil this summer.

It would seem that United are perhaps looking at the players who appear happy without Champions League football, but still names who are high profile names and will buy into Van Gaal's philosophy. And there's another name who needs to feature, Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

With Manchester United having a large void to fill in their defence after the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic it appears that they need a thorough improvement in their back-line, especially after the horror shows of last season.

It appears that Van Gaal doesn't trust in either Chris Smalling nor Phil Jones to be a guaranteed starter, and United fans expect a -new signing at the back, and with good reason in my opinion.

The 28-year-old stalwart is an experienced defender, but remains on the fringes of the Arsenal line-up because Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have formed such a fantastic partnership over the last 18 months. Surely after the World Cup he should be looking for a way out.

The Belgian should be available for around £12 million, quite a cheap deal when considering the long term stability he would bring. He surely would bring the good form he once had the chance to play whilst in Arsene Wenger's starting eleven, if given a badly-needed run of games.

Vermaelen is a fantastic defender, and a few years ago when he was in his prime at Arsenal he was rated one of the Premier League's top centre-backs. He still could be very good for United, if he got the game time that is.

Another bonus perhaps would be that Vermaelen is another who wouldn't want Champions League football straight away, but would want it soon. Vermaelen has played a total of 110 games for the Gunners, and would bring good things to United.

Louis Van Gaal appears to be doing a good job so far, but here's some food for thought for the Dutchman! moving forward.

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