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Lucas Biglia hints at move amid Manchester United interest

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Manchester United are well stocked in central midfield but reports today link them with Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia.

The Lazio captain was speaking to reporters earlier this week before his club's SuperCup match against Juventus in China, and refused to rule out a move when asked about Manchester United's interest in him.

As The Sun reports, Manchester United had a £17.5m bid for the Argentinian international turned down last month.

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Lazio are holding out for at least £35m but Biglia put pressure on the Italian club when he hinted at a possible move today.

"Does the fact I accepted the captain's armband mean I will definitely stay? I don't know," said Biglia.

"It doesn't depend on me. I am here and working hard and thinking about tomorrow's game. After that anything can happen."

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Do they need him?

But Manchester United really don't need Biglia. The summer signings of Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton and Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich mean that Louis van Gaal has plenty of options in central midfield.

When a player of the quality of Ander Herrera is left on the bench, as he was for the start of Manchester United's season against Tottenham today, then you know you're well set in that particular position.

A far more urgent priority should be the middle of United's defence, which despite victory today over Spurs looked decidedly shaky.

Blind, who is much more comfortable in midfield, was tasked with playing at centre-back and struggled. Chris Smalling did impress, but with Phil Jones a constant injury worry, van Gaal really could do with strengthening that department before United get really tested.

Good start

Overall though, it was a good performance against Tottenham this afternoon as United ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a first-half Kyle Walker own goal.

The three points is all that matters for Louis van Gaal, and it was positive to see Schneiderlin and Darmian impress from the start. The Italian international in particular looked a classy act at right-back, so he should represent a considerable upgrade on Antonio Valencia and Rafael.

What did you make of Manchester United's opening day performance - and do they need Biglia?

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