Former Dutch international Ruud Gullit has admitted that he was surprised Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal failed to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels as he 'was crazy' about him.
As reported by Goal.com, Gullit has suggested that a defender signing for Van Gaal had to be his priority in the previous transfer window.
Ultimately, United failed to improve their back-line and their struggles defensively have continued in recent time.
Crazy about him
Speaking to Goal about the Red Devils at Heineken’s #ChampiontheMatch event, Gullit said: “The only thing for me that is a surprise is Van Gaal didn't buy any good central defenders - that had to be his priority.
“He was crazy about Hummels and wanted to buy him. So I would have bought Man Utd some good defenders because that was the weakest link.
Hummels, of course, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time now, while the club's Premier League rivals Arsenal have also been credited with interest in the £25 million rated German.
Gullit, though, has insisted that Manchester United, who were beaten at the hands of Swansea City this past weekend, will improve as they grow in confidence under the Van Gaal regime.
He continued by saying: “For me, that they did not was a surprise. Nevertheless, he gets results. The more results he gets, the more confidence they get and the better they will play.”
Despite missing out on Hummels in January, Manchester United fans will no doubt be hoping that their club swoop for him in the near future.
The World Cup winning German, who is recognised as one of the leading defenders in Europe, would no doubt improve the Red Devil's back-line.
After losing the trio of Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this past summer, United have lacked a leader at the back and have proved extremely fragile.
Hummels, then, would only boost the club in the defensive department, but it remains to be seen as to whether Van Gaal looks to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams. There's no doubt about it, United are in need and Van Gaal may have already missed his chance. It could prove a huge error.
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