After a rocky start to the season, Louis van Gaal has proven the Red Devils are no longer stuck in the pit of misery they dug themselves into during David Moyes’ time at Old Trafford.
With the Dutchman’s priceless experience and football knowledge, Manchester United are once again challenging for a top four finish. Yet, if LVG intends on maintaining United’s current form and challenging for the title, he must further invest in January.
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Whether they are sidelined due to injury or under-performing, United players are in need of backups...
Pundits all across the land have earmarked, and rightly so, United’s defence as its weakness. Ever since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departed the Theatre of Dreams, the club has been unable to find or create a formidable centre-back capable of filling the void.
Here are some potential targets...
1. Mats Hummels
The World Cup winner is an integral component of the currently struggling Borussia Dortmund squad, so it would be very hard for United to pull this deal off.
However, Hummels is arguably one of the best defenders in the world right now, and if Van Gaal is ready to splash the cash, they may be able to tempt the German away from a sinking ship.
2. Diego Godín
Godín, similar to Hummels, possess the all-important “presence” of a world-class centre back. The Uruguayan is dominant in the air, physical, and experienced.
Yet, again it will be very hard for LvG to lure Godín away from Diego Simeone’s side, which is consistently challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid.
3. Nemanja Vidic
The Manchester United legend, Nemanja Vidic, swapped Old Trafford for the San Siro last year, but the Serbian has not had a fruitful time in Italy.
Vidic simply hasn’t look as comfortable in the Serie A as he was in the English Premier League. His inability to adapt in tandem with Roberto Mancini’s overhauling of the Inter squad leaves the door open for Vidic to make a sensational return to Old Trafford.
Though he will not reach his world-class form of previous years, he will bring stability to United’s young backline.
Surprisingly, the midfield – the area United has lacked quality in recent years – is not in dire need of change.
With Michael Carrick back in fine form and Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, and Darren Fletcher all showing positive signs, LVG has a reliable set of central midfielders.
Sure, the additions of Arturo Vidal or Kevin Strootman would refine the midfield; however, these changes are not as urgent as the club’s other problems.
An attack that comprises of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata, and Angel di Maria seems ferocious and ruthless in our minds, yet that image hasn’t been translated onto the field on consistent basis, mainly due to injury.
For instance, we’ve only seen glimpses of Falcao and Di Maria’s golden touches because of their lack of fitness. Furthermore, despite its star steeped attack, United lacks an abundance of pace.
Out all of the previously mentioned attackers, only Di Maria possesses the agility and mobility needed on counter attacks. So if Van Gaal does decide to enhance his team's attacking capabilities, he must look for players with pace.