Raphael Varane could be the answer to Louis van Gaal's problems

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It emerged this morning that Louis van Gaal is set to make a big money move for Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.

It is no secret that the Dutch manager is in the market for a centre-back after a shaky start to the season has seen his Manchester side ship 15 goals in 12 games.

Van Gaal has struggled to establish a solid defensive partnership this year and has used more than 10 different combinations in the Premier League so far.

He will be looking for the 21 year old Frenchman to sit in the heart of a defence that his featured both Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair from the youth team.

Varane has been struggling for game time in the Spanish capital this term with the experienced Sergio Ramos and Portugal's Pepe above him in the pecking order.

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But the youngster is not short of experience himself having already made 17 senior appearances for his national side.

Not to mention the fact that he already has World Cup games under his belt following France's participation in Brazil last summer.

Varane was signed by Jose Mourinho for a reported fee of around 10 million euros in 2011 and is highly tipped to become one of the best. 

However, like for any player, first team opportunities are important and Van Gaal will be licking his lips at the prospect of bringing the centre back to Old Trafford.

Clubman Jonny Evans is set for a return to action in the coming weeks, a boost for the 20 time champions just as they enter the top 4 for the first time this season.

The Northern Irish defender has been absent since September after sustaining an ankle injury but managed an hour for the reserves earlier this week.

Fellow defenders Phil Jones and summer signing Marcos Rojo are also on the mend but it is uncertain as to when they will both be fully fit again. 

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Louis van Gaal
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