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Three players Manchester United must sign in the summer transfer window

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It's safe to say it's been a rather underwhelming season for Manchester United.

The club faces an uphill battle in qualifying for the Champions League next season, which is a drastic fall from grace given their rich history in the Premier League.

Louis van Gaal's position at the club has been a source of constant speculation. The Dutchman has been scrutinised over his recruitment in the past couple of transfer windows with big money signings like Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay failing to make a substantial impact at Old Trafford.

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The club executives must avoid repeating past mistakes and sign these three players to restore the team to former glory:

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid CF v Real CD Espanyol - La Liga

The man hailed by Jose Mourinho as the 'best young defender in the world.'

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The fact that Raphael Varane seems to have been around for ages is a testament to his abilities.

The Frenchman is still only 22-years-old and already has 28 caps for his national side. He was instrumental in France's run to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Varane is a towering presence at 6'3" and would slot in effortlessly in the English league.

Although Daley Blind has deputised well at centre back this season, he seems to just come short against the better attackers and Varane would be the ideal man to fix that problem. Him playing alongside Chris Smalling could be yet another iconic defence partnership at Old Trafford.

Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma)

SS Lazio v AS Roma - Serie A

The 27-year old has established himself as a key cog in the AS Roma unit and has caught the eye of the footballing world.

The Belgian midfielder is known for his robust style of play, something United have lacked since Roy Keane's departure in 2005. His tenacity in the middle of the park could just be what Manchester United need.

The United midfield needs restructuring with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick in the twilight of their careers and players like Marouane Fellaini simply not cutting the grade.

Nainggolan's attributes would suit well alongside Morgan Schneiderlin and could bring out the best in him.

The all-action midfielder averages about 1.9 tackles per game this season, accompanied with an 85.3% pass conversion rate making him the ideal box to box midfielder.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Everton v Arsenal - Premier League

What a season this guy has had.

The big Belgian has knocked in 18 goals and bagged six assists in an Everton side currently languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Wayne Rooney has been the top scorer for United this season with seven goals in the league; a tally comparable to someone playing for a relegation-threatened side.

The Manchester United fans have been screaming out for attacking quality all season and Lukaku could be the man to deliver it.

Lukaku has already stated that he wants to play in the Champions League next season but the chance to play for United could be too good to turn down.

His supreme aerial ability and terrifying pace make him a nightmare for defenders and though he'll cost around £60million, he'll definitely be worth it in the long run.

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