Louis van Gaal has taken over proceedings at Old Trafford as Manchester United travelled to the United States for their pre-season.
Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw are the early arrivals with the Red Devils already spending close to £60million on transfers this summer and fans are expecting a host of new faces coming to the red half of Manchester over the next five weeks.
With Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both leaving on free transfers and joining Inter and Queens Park Rangers respectively, Van Gaal has made it a priority to make some additions to the defence line before the 2014/15 season kicks off on August 16.
Vlaar would fit in at Old Trafford
There is no doubt that Van Gaal would prefer the Netherlands model for success at Old Trafford, playing in a 3-5-2 formation that worked so well in Brazil.
The Dutch manager has said that he would see the performance of the existing squad in pre-season first and then decide who should be shown the exit doors rather than making any panic buys.
Hummels unlikely to sign
Although the name of Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund is being linked for a possible switch and definitely won’t come cheap, with Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp insisting the 25-year-old German defender won’t be leaving Bundesliga, the first centre-back Van Gaal should buy is Ron Vlaar.
Vlaar is currently playing for Premier League side,Aston Villa and had a brilliant World Cup in Brazil.He also shares a good rapport with Van Gaal which would help him settle in the Manchester roster with ease.
Vlaar came of age during the World Cup where there was less scope for defenders to flourish with a record total of 171 goals scored throughout the tournament.
The 29-year-old was instrumental in Netherlands finishing third. His World Cup statistics include 701 minutes played, making 21 interceptions and 69 clearances apart from 55 successful tackles and five blocked shots.
Vlaar’s pass-completion rate was as high as 90.9% and accurate long balls averaging 6.9 per game.
Nicknamed ‘Roncrete’ due to his fabulous display in defence making it difficult for oppositions to score.
The Dutchman has come a long way since his debut in national colours under Marco van Basten back in 2005. He featured in 132 matches for Feyenoord before he transferred to Aston Villa in 2012 on a three year deal, where he has played 52 games to date, alongside 31 caps for Netherlands.
Comparatively lower in market value than Hummels, Vlaar would provide value-for-money - being a quality defender, a natural leader on the pitch and more acquainted with English conditions of Premier League football.