SIX ‘out-of-the-box’ signings for Manchester United

Louis van Gaal’s job at Manchester United should be focused on the present at the moment because a lot of changes will need to be made after a terrible previous season.

Instead of buying young talent for the future, the new boss should find players who can make an impact in their initial season, most probably during their first few games.

He will need to consider a mixture of experience and ability to help strengthen the squad and avoid any rash transfer decisions that may not benefit the team as a whole.

So, with that in mind, we take a look at SIX Manchester United signings that can become immediate fan favourites and provide the Red Devils with the quality that has been lacking as of late…



Wesley Sneijder


Name: Wesley Sneijder
Age: 30
Position: Attacking Midfield
Nationality: Netherlands
Club: Galatasaray
Price: £15 – £20 million

Wesley Sneijder has been a target for Manchester United for quite some time, but any actually attempt to bring him to Old Trafford was eventually washed away.

Having recently showed some impressive displays at the World Cup, his willingness to be reunited with Louis van Gaal should be a huge factor that could see the Dutch play-maker finally make the switch.

He had a good previous season with Galatasaray, scoring 17 and providing nine in his 42 apperances for the Turkish side. Already full of experience, the likes of Sneijder can immediately step into the United first team and begin doing exactly what he does best.

Stefan de Vrij

De Vrij

Name: Stefan de Vrij
Age: 22
Position: Centre-Back
Nationality: Netherlands
Club: Feyenoord
Price: £6 – £12 million

Stefan de Vrij has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent months ever since his impressive display at the back for the Dutch national team.

Although he is only 22-years-old, he was able to produce some great defensive work and with the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic from the club, the role at the back is up for grabs.

His quality is there and if he could work under Louis van Gaal again, it looks likely that he can replicate his form from Brazil onto that of United’s Premier League campaign. Having already played against some of the best players in the world, he should be rather comfortable dealing with the pace and style of the English top flight.

Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels

Name: Mats Hummels
Age: 25
Position: Centre-Back
Nationality: Germany
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Price: £25 – £30 million

Mats Hummels is a top target for Manchester United as everyone knows that the German defender has immense quality. He is one of the only defenders linked with the club that can actually replace Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the top of their game.

His strong defensive showing in Brazil for his nation as well as for his club Borussia Dortmund proves he can replicate his form in the English top flight.

Louis van Gaal saw firsthand what the World Cup winning defender is capable of and would be eager to lure him to Old Trafford. His ability to command the backline will be a great boost since United are currently exposed at the back with only a few available centre-backs.

Paul Pogba


Name: Paul Pogba
Age: 21
Position: Central Midfield
Nationality: France
Club: Juventus
Price: £40 – £45 million

Re-signing the likes of Paul Pogba could be a tough task because Manchester United decided to let him leave on a free transfer after being deemed not going enough and probably enraging his desire to succeed in the process.

However, during his time at Juventus, he matured into one of the best young midfielders in the world. He was also recently awarded best young player at the World Cup as well.

When the club knew they needed to reinforce their midfield, Pogba was one of the first names on their list and they know now that he is full of quality. Having come from the United under-18 squad and having a some playing time in the senior team, he already knows what the Premier League has to offer and can surely step in to make the middle of the park his own.

Arturo Vidal


Name: Arturo Vidal
Age: 27
Position: Central Midfield
Nationality: Chile
Club: Juventus
Price: £40 – £50 million

Arturo Vidal has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as he is currently on the top of Louis van Gaal’s transfer list.

Already made known that the midfield positions need improvement, there have already been additions of more attacking players as the Dutch boss is currently searching for someone who can hold the ball and dictate play.

He is regarded as one of the best, if not the best central midfielders in the world and should Van Gaal be able to acquire the services of the Chilean who netted 18 and assisted six in his previous season, he will be in good hands.

His quality means he can immediately step into the first team and should be able to adapt to the English game rather quickly.

Thomas Vermaelen


Name: Thomas Vermaelen
Age: 28
Position: Centre-Back
Nationality: Belgium
Club: Arsenal
Price: £10 – £15 million

In need of a decent centre-back, Louis van Gaal could consider the experience of Thomas Vermaelen to fill the void in his backline ahead of next season. A

lthough he hasn’t seen much playing time due to multiple injuries, his first season in the Premier League made him an instant club favourite, no undoubtedly his quality is still there.

Since he is currently an Arsenal player, a move to Manchester United could be a rather simple switch in terms of getting used to the style of the football played in the league.

The only problem could that the Gunners fans will surely no want to see their man play for a rival club. Other than that, Vermaelen can instantly try to get over his lingering injuries and return to a first team berth at Old Trafford.