As pressure mounts on Louis van Gaal’s job, the January window seems like an ideal time for him to splash the cash and hope to buy his way out of the sack.
I guess this logic is flawed, as he has already tried this, but the Dutch manager should surely be looking to add a central defender of Terence Kongolo’s quality as soon as possible.
While his side continue to bore us to tears on the pitch, Van Gaal continues to provide stubborn responses to any questioning of his style and his players continue to look about as miserable as is humanly possible.
Whilst players like Chris Smalling have impressed, the rest of the Manchester United side has been struggling to even put the ball in the net.
The defence might have been secure, but there is no reason to say that the Red Devils shouldn’t be looking to replace several shaky centre-halves.
Here are FIVE reasons Kongolo could be that man…
Blackburn clearly pulled a blinder in convincing United that Phil Jones could make it at the highest level.
The long-term faith then placed in the English centre-back has been hurtful to the club for a long period of time and the Rovers, although lingering outside the Premier League, are still haunting the biggest club in the country.
Although Blind does a decent job at centre-back, his height makes him an obvious target for the opposition and the Dutch utility man would be far better used as a left-back at the moment.
Due to the injury to Luke Shaw, Blind is being used in a number of positions and we have even seen Borthwick-Jackson fill in at full-back.
United’s poor goalscoring form has been highly publicised, but not many would consider signing a new centre-back to help this.
A signing of Kongolo’s calibre might convince LvG to take the shackles off of some of his midfielders and remove some of the protection for the central defence.
Currently, the defence is not in a settled system and they are benefiting from the two holding midfielders the manager continues to deploy. Ideally, signing Kongolo might see Van Gaal free his side up – but don’t get your hopes up!
Amid personal differences, Marcos Rojo has been marginalised at Old Trafford.
Injuries have not helped his cause, but the Argentine has largely impressed when he has been given the opportunity for the Red Devils and it seems as though his days at numbered.
Unless van Gaal is going to show some surprising faith in Rojo, a replacement is needed.
Protests have been rife at Old Trafford since Ferguson retired, but they have hardly been as infuriated with their side’s performances as they have been this season.
The lack of goals and passive passing game has seen fans hugely unhappy and it might take a marquee signing or two this January to keep the fans off the back of the manager.