Five players who could light up Old Trafford
Published 15/07/2014 | 10:01
Louis Van Gaal has wasted no time in getting the cheque book out as Manchester United boss and here are five more names that would further raise expectations at the club.
Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have already signed on the dotted line while Arturo Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen are believed to be close to following the pair to Manchester.
Here are five other players who would add strength in-depth to the current United squad.
After losing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, central defence is an area that needs immediate addressing and the Borussia Dortmund admitted during the World Cup he would be tempted by United at some point in his career.
A rock at the heart of the German defence, Hummels would add composure to what was at times a jittery defence last season.
With a reported buy-out clause at QPR of £15m, the French international wouldn't be a huge financial investment and proved at Newcastle United that when chances come his way he is as clinical as anyone in the Premier League.
The Real Madrid man has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Arsenal among the suitors for one of the most accomplished players of the World Cup.
A powerhouse midfielder, his presence and guile is something that has been patently lacking at Old Trafford in recent seasons.
Stefan De Vrij
Ron Vlaar rightly took the plaudits for an outstanding display in the Netherland’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Argentina, but the 22 year-old was consistently impressive throughout the tournament.
Lazio insist that there has been no contact from United, but the links with Van Gaal mean that this rumour could persist until the start of the season.
Neighbours City appear to be leading the chase for the £32m-rated Porto defender, but it is the red half of Manchester that have more of a pressing need to bolster the heart of the defence.
Mangala nearly joined City during the January transfer window but has been on United’s radar for quite some time. It remains to be seen whether Van Gaal rates the defender as highly as the Portuguese club do.