Manchester United considering SHOCK move for Real Madrid anchorman

Manchester United are currently linked with a move to sign former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid in a bid to solve their midfield woes, Daily Star reports.

With Michael Carrick still out with injury, Louis van Gaal is currently running out of options to fill the anchorman role in his 3-5-2 formation and could now turn to the 32-year-old Spanish star.

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The United manager looks to have finally ended his pursuit of top target Arturo Vidal after Juventus released a statement that he will be remaining in the Serie A.

Alonso has already won a host of trophies with the Madrid giants, but could lose his first team place after the high profile arrivals of both Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez in the summer.

The Champions League winners could decide to sell him in order to free up space in their already star-studded midfield, with Luka Modric as well as Asier Illarramendi also available for selection.