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Manchester United should tempt Kevin Strootman with No.7 shirt

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal got off to the dream start as the Red Devils crushed LA Galaxy 7-0 in his first game in charge, however he still has a number of issues to address before next month's Premier League kick-off. 

The vacant No.7 shirt will certainly be on the minds of many Manchester United fans, as the club embark upon a new era under the Dutch regime. One of the most famous shirts in the history of football was left unattached last season, as David Moyes' side endured a nightmare campaign. 

However, with Van Gaal now in charge, it's expected that someone will soon fill the shirt made famous by George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.

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Vidal alternative 

For some time now, it has appeared that United are in the market for Juventus superstar Arturo Vidal, however recent reports have indicated that the Chilean ace isn't looking for a move to the club. This, then, may well lead Van Gaal to another target. 

And the man he should now move for is Kevin Strootman of AS Roma. The Red Devils, in fact play the midfielder's side tomorrow evening - a game which Strootman will not be playing in. The Dutch star is currently out with a long term injury, but that shouldn't stop Van Gaal targeting him in the near future. 

If it's not possible for the United boss to land the highly rated midfielder in this market, then he should make his move in the January window. If - or when - he does make his move, then he must offer Strootman the No.7 shirt at the Theatre of Dreams. The Dutchman fits the bill perfectly - he's confident to take it on, and may well thrive on the pressure. 

It takes a special player to wear the famous shirt, and Strootman certainly has the attributes to prove himself at Manchester United. Aged just 24, the Roma star has an extremely bright future ahead of him, and would only improve as a player at Old Trafford. 

Why Strootman? 

All the hype in recent time has been about Vidal, but Strootman, who is younger than the Chilean star - may well be as good or even better in years to come.

After all, Van Gaal rates him so highly, that he changed his World Cup plans entirely after the player's injury. The Dutchman's 3-5-2 tactics were only implemented after his star man was struck down. 

Before his injury, Strootman was the catalyst in Van Gaal's side - the man he put all of his trust in. It makes sense, then, that Van Gaal will swoop in for one of his most trusted allies - when he becomes available.

But, in order to tie up a deal for the superstar midfielder, Van Gaal should offer him Manchester United's No.7 shirt: he won't regret it. 

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Arturo Vidal
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Manchester United
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