Manchester United have been offered the opportunity to bring some much-needed experience to their struggling defence in the form of Croatian international Dario Srna, according to the Daily Mail.
Srna has represented Shakhtar Donetsk with distinction over the last 11 years, turning down the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich at the peak of his powers to stay in Ukraine, albeit on a lucrative deal.
The 32-year-old is perhaps now past his prime but would still be able to offer a wealth of impressive attributes to Old Trafford if United take the bait in January, providing the kind of cover at right-back that the Red Devils have looked woefully short of so far this season.
Ed Woodward against short-term fixes
United executive vice-president Ed Woodward has been at pains to make it clear this week that he has no interest in chasing short-term transfer fixes when the window opens, but that view will surely change if the Red Devils don't improve results between now and January.
Champions League qualification is an absolute necessity for Louis van Gaal's side this season, which means United may still be forced to take a pragmatic stance when offered proven performers like Srna at a knock-down price.
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Right-back definitely a problem position for United
Van Gaal must take the chance to sign Srna seriously, primarily because he's struggled to put together a defence featuring any kind of leadership or cohesion ever since arriving in the Premier League.
In fairness United have been plagued by persistent injury problems throughout his short tenure at the Theatre of Dreams, but those woes won't be taken into account when United's final position in the table is decided when the current campaign concludes.
120 caps for his country is no mean feat
Srna has been a consistent performer in the Champions League over the last five years and also has more than 120 caps for Croatia as a further sign of his credentials, while a terrific dead-ball delivery would be something United's star-studded strikeforce would appreciate.
Barcelona star Dani Alves is an even more established option United could also consider to help bring genuine quality to a problem position, but that deal will have to wait until next summer and in the meantime Srna becoming arriving in the Premier League is a far more realistic proposition than it may seem.
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