21 Premier League games into the Old Trafford job, Louis Van Gaal has 37 points on the board. This is the same number posted by David Moyes during his disastrous tenure.
From the poor display on show against Southampton and other less admirable performances against Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City, it is evident that Manchester United must delve into the transfer market again.
Here are five players that the Dutchman may have his eye on in January as he looks to improve the Red Devils' chances of challenging for the title in May.
5. Ilkay Gundogan
The German would slot extremely well into Manchester United’s new system and with Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga, reports from the Metro and the Daily Express suggest that the central midfielder may be available for as little as £16 million.
4. Ayemric Laporte
The young French international impressed in his debut season at Athletic Bilbao. He would, undoubtedly be a signing one for the future, although with the potential shown and United’s demand for a central defender a move for the 20-year-old may be around the corner.
3. Kevin Strootman
After all the speculation over Strootman’s potential transfer from Rome to Manchester, the Dutchman has come out and quashed the rumours; stating his desire to show what he has to the Roma fans. However, if a hefty offer came in, Roma and Rudi Garcia may just allow Strootman to join up with his former international manager at the Red Devils.
2. Raphael Varane
Another young Frenchman with immense talent, he may be at the club in possession of the Champions League, but a move away from the Spanish giants to gain first team experience would appeal. Possibly Van Gaal could look at a loan move with the potential to make the deal permanent.
1. Mats Hummels
The commanding German centre-back is arguably one of the best defenders in the world. He is 26-years-old and he is about to reach the peak of his career, if he’s not there already.
With Borussia Dortmund struggling, the World Cup winner could seek a new challenge. It is unclear whether Dortmund would be willing to lose their captain and if so at what price, but it is thought that a sum of between £35 million and £50 million would be enough to prise him away from the German side.
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