Man United to end chase for Aston Villa defender after he picks up injury

Manchester United is tipped to end their chase for Ron Vlaar after Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert revealed that the centre-back picked up a knee injury that could rule him out for around six weeks, Daily Star reports.

The 29-year-old was on the verge of a switch to Old Trafford with Louis van Gaal said to have already begun negotiating with Villa over a possible transfer fee.

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However, Lambert believes that the six week injury lay-off is likely to cause United to rethink their move for the Dutch defender and when asked he admitted that the switch could be cancelled.

He said:  “Yes, you would think so.

“We just have to get him back fit. His knee locked against Palace, which never helps.

“It’s just a little meniscus, so maybe four or six weeks, so it’s not too bad as it could have been.”

Van Gaal was keen to be reunited with the Netherlands international, a player that has received a lot of praise for his performance during the World Cup in Brazil.