Louis van Gaal has hinted that the next purchase he makes for Manchester United could be that of a centre-back, following the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
The Dutchman has already spent lavishly this summer in an attempt to create a squad capable of winning the Premier League, but there are concerns that the team remains top heavy.
United top heavy
Though boasting an eye-catching front-line and midfield, United don’t have much experience in the heart of the defence, and Van Gaal has admitted that if the right player comes along, he will buy him.
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“We have three (right-sided) centre backs, we have Smalling, Jones and McNair but if he is much better than them then it is possible. We go for the best players and it has to be possible,” he said, as per the Daily Mirror.
“(Jones’ injury) was very peculiar because he had the whole week tightness in his calf and he kept training but we have a very good doctor I think because this doctor discovered a minor thrombosis.
“We don’t take the risk so we go to a second opinion to a specialist in the hospital and that was yesterday.
“That was after my press conference so I couldn’t say anything. A specialist has said we have a new medical treatment and we have to keep him out for three weeks and we have to watch him.”
Back four issues
Indeed the back-line is what many people attributed United’s problems to last season, with it said that any combination of Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones wouldn’t be strong enough to stand up to stern tests.
That may be the case but Van Gaal also has Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, who are both capable of slotting into the middle areas, and so last term he opted not to bring in another defender.
However, now that United as a club have turned their ambitions once more towards winning the league, it’s safe to say that acquiring an experienced leader for the back four would be an astute piece of business.
The likes of Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi have been hotly linked with moves to Old Trafford thus far, but the chances of them acquiring the former of those two have all but been vanquished.
That said there remains the possibility that Otamendi will consent to a switch, particularly if United agree to pay the release clause on his head and are allowed to negotiate with him on a personal level.
Capturing the Argentina international would certainly help Van Gaal’s side challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, although judging from the 63-year-old’s quotes there is still plenty of work to be done before a new defender arrives.
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