It is almost certain that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will buy a new center back next summer to strengthen his backline in the new season. The English giants have been heavily criticized this season for extremely poor defensive records. Louis van Gaal had spent almost £60m to acquire the serviced of three defenders, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw. A flaw in this decision was that all the three players are predominantly left backs or left wing backs. What van Gaal missed out on was recruiting a quality centre back who could fittingly replace the legendary Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic. For the entire season, the club’s performance got affected due to a lack of a talisman and marquee centre back in the defense.Matt Hummels
Louis van Gaal has successfully raised Paddy McNair into a quality defender this season, but the young center back still needs time to grow as responsible and dependable first team regular. English international Phil Jones too has failed to live up to expectations.
Currently, two quality international defenders are linked with the Premier League giants. One is German number one and one of the best defenders in the world Mat Hummels of Borussia Dortmund and the other one is Atletico DE Madrid’s Brazilian centre back Miranda.
Mat Hummels has been linked with several Premier League side since last December. Borussia Dortmund is having a nightmare of a season and they will certainly not play in the UEFA Champions League next season. Top clubs all over the world are trying to encash this opportunity and rope in the star defender. If Louis van Gaal has to sign the German player he will have to shell out a huge amount next season. If rumours are to be believed Manchester United are planning to spend a huge amount again next season to empower their squad.
Miranda is another option for Louis van Gaal. The Brazilian came into spotlight last season for a stellar performance in the Atletico Madrid colours for the entire season. This season too he has played satisfactory football and has grabbed the attention of top clubs. Along with the Manchester club, league leaders Chelsea are also keen to rope in the defender. Miranda won’t cost an exorbitant price and can prove to be a handy buy for any team.
Among the two defenders, Mat Hummels is obviously a bigger name. If his budget permits, the Dutch manager should opt for the German over the Brazilian defender. Manchester United’s attack force is one of the best in Europe. There is no lack of artilleries in the up front. But If they want to do well in Europe they will have to buy a marquee defender who can provide leadership in the back line. None other than Mat Hummels can satisfy that need.