There's absolutely no doubt about it, Sergio Ramos is a world class defender. He's won almost everything there is to win as both an international and a club level player - winning a mouth watering collection of domestic, league, European and world titles: there's no arguing, Ramos is a winner of the highest level.
So really there is no doubting why United are interested in signing the Real Madrid star, who has more than 120 caps for Spain. Ramos would most definitely fill a void that has been ever present in United's defence for a number of years, however if United do miss out on Ramos, how important is it that they find another central defender with a similar ability?
Although United have been linked with almost every player under the sun over the past few weeks, it's becoming clear that they are making their final preparations to capture their targets...
However, as important as it is that United improve their midfield, they desperately need to capture Ramos or somebody with similar experience to fill that defensive void.
Why United Need a Big Name Defender
Almost every summer United get linked to a big name, however in this transfer window it looks certain that Van Gaal has made signing a big name centre-back one of his main priorities.
As much as David de Gea saved United's grace on many occasions last season with some fantastic shot stopping, a experienced and well rounded centre-back would most definitely add similar qualities to United.
Although De Gea could move on, the addition of a world-class centre-back would most definitely soften the blow, as well as improve United's defence.
Last season, United's defence was a clear issue, however if they really are as ambitious about wining silverware next season as they say they are, then Van Gaal, Woodward and the United hierarchy will no doubtably share my feelings that United need to sign Sergio Ramos, or a world-class equivalent.
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