Manchester United were dealt a tough blow by losing their solid defensive players in Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand at the end of last season. They were constants in their side, and United have struggled to create a formidable back line since their departures. The arrival of Marcos Rojo has strengthened the team defensively, but the Argentinian needs more help at the back. Luke Shaw has done superbly at left-back, but has also faced injury problems. What else can Manchester United do to help their defensive weaknesses?
Sell Jonny Evans: The Northern Irish international is the weak link in this scenario. The constant back passes to David De Gea has been flagged, and Evans has not been improving over the last number of seasons. In contrast, his Northern Irish team-mate Paddy McNair, at a mere 19-years-old, looks more confident. Louis should cut his loses by selling him on and invest in a stronger player.
Bring back Nemanja Vidic: This of course would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem, but a leader at the back would certainly help the situation. Vidic would not sugar coat his words about any slip ups from the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Nemanja Vidic has not made a lasting impression at his current club of Inter Milan and I’m sure would be welcomed back to Old Trafford with open arms.
Mats Hummels: Mats Hummels has been linked to Manchester United for months, and it is time to do something about it. Luring him away from Borussia Dortmund could be tricky, as he is one of the bigger names who has stuck it out when the likes of Lewandowski and Goetze have moved on to bigger and better things. But Hummels is world-class – we all know how the World Cup panned out – and would be an incredible addition to Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Nathaniel Clyne: Another option for Louis Van Gaal could be signing Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne. Rumours have been rife that he could be on his way to Manchester, and it would not be a bad idea. He is having a good season thus far, and he may be a more attainable option than a current World Cup winning player. Anything to get one up on Ronald Koeman too.
Ron Vlaar: Because why not turn Manchester United into the Netherlands national side? With Robin Van Persie and Daley Blind already in the squad, adding another Dutchman would be no surprise. Vlaar has been solid for Aston Villa, who are on a decent run (well two) of games at the minute. There had been talk of Vlaar signing in the January transfer window, but as he was injured the deal did not go ahead.
Sorting out defensive problems should be first on Louis Van Gaal’s list for the summer transfer window. Keeping De Gea is important, and if some pressure is taken off him that would be even better. But would a stronger list of defenders mean Louis Van Gaal would revert back to the dreaded 3-5-2 formation? Hopefully not, as Manchester United have looked their best this season with four at the back.