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Arturo Vidal could fill Paul Scholes void at Manchester United

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With 155 goals in 718 appearances for the Red Devils, in a career that spanned two decades at Old Trafford, Paul Scholes is undoubtedly one of the true Manchester United greats, and one that has proven difficult to replace since his retirement in 2013. 

Part of the famed class of '92' that went on to dominate English football for the best part of the next decade, it was already clear to see for most fans that Scholes would be a hard act to live up to, upon the day that he hung up his boots for the final time.

Since then players such as Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini have attempted to fill the boots of the man dubbed 'Scholesy' only to disappoint and give performances that helped contribute towards the Red Devils' worst league finish since the inception of the Premier League.

However with reports saying that Manchester United are closing in on the signature of Arturo Vidal, could that void about to be filled?

Strong, powerful and known for his explosive style, Vidal is currently one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe. After an impressive showing at the 2014 World Cup for Chile, in which he played a pivotal role in helping the South Americans advance to the knockout stages where they were narrowly beaten by hosts Brazil in a penalty shoot-out. 

Vidal has spent the last three seasons forming a formidable partnership with Italian dynamo Andrea Pirlo, becoming the heartbeat of a Juventus team that has gone on to dominate Italian football, leading to three consecutive Scudetto's and two Coppa Itallia triumphs. 

With the appointment of Louis van Gaal, Manchester United are looking to rebuild a team that is capable of challenging for the Premier League title this season.

The Dutchman has already completed the acquisitions of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, with Vidal reportedly his next target.

Van Gaal has identified the Chilean as the ideal the man to lead Manchester United's midfield following the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Could Vidal though be the man to replace one of Fergie's greatest fledglings?

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