Manchester United have endured a difficult season under David Moyes; with the impending appointment of Van Gaal, and departures of two clubs legends in Rio Ferdinand and Vidic, a massive transition will occur this summer at Old Trafford.
The legendary centre backs have served United for many seasons, with such talent, and legacy to fill, the future signings will be playing under big clouds.
With Van Gaal's appointment almost certain, and such big summer likely to occur for Manchester United, it’ll be fascinating to see what approach is made in the transfer window; will he opt for youngsters, and an investment, or will the board and the Dutchmen add experience for an immediate impact.
For whoever is signed in this coming window, the fans will be expecting big things, that’s for sure.
After a disappointing season the fans have been pointing fingers at the hierarchy of Manchester United; David Moyes, initially, after the team’s poor display, and the board, for not adding the necessary class.
The Luke Shaw deal looks promising; with an Evra department definite, Shaw seems to be in line to replace the French international.
Many fans suggesting the £27m fee for an 18-year-old wonder boy is on the excessive side; like Ferdinand, Shaw would prove a venture.
But will Van Gaal, and the board take the same approach to the centre back situation.
With Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling both heading to the World Cup, their experience in Rio could help the defenders, massively. But with the loss of two supermen in Vidic, and Ferdinand, The Red Devils will definitely need to find replacements.
Here’s a list of potential candidates:
John Stones: Like Shaw, Stones would prove an investment. Stones has proved himself as a Premier league centre back, and really proved why Everton bought the youngster. Such performances have lead the youngster to the standby list for Rio.
Davide Astori: The Cagliari defender, 27, will also be heading to Rio with Italy, who will be facing England at the group stages; a perfect opportunity for Manchester United fans to watch him in action. The centre back has been linked with many moves to Premier League, and with United in need of experience, and quality, Astori could definitely add to the ranks.
Steven Caulker: The 22-year-old Cardiff centre back could also prove an investment. After being relegated with Cardiff, he could leave at a reasonable price. The former Tottenham defender definitely has the potential, and current ability to turn in to a worthy defender.
Eliaquim Mangala: The French international, currently at Porto, has been linked with many moves to European clubs; but Manchester United have been pursuing Mangala for a few seasons, now. To persuade the defender away from the Estadio do Dragao may come at a big price.
Ezequiel Garay: Like Mangala, Garay stars for Benfica in the Portuguese league. Garay, a former Real Madrid defender has really grasped consistent, first team football and become worthy of a move to clubs such as Arsenal, United, Chelsea and more.
It’ll be an exciting, and long summer for United; but it’ll be enthralling to see what approach Van Gaal and the board take on the transfer market.
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