With a not too convincing start to the season for Manchester United, Louis van Gaal could be looking to revamp his entire back four despite the big signings of Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo during the summer. And rumours around the internet point to two of FC Barcelona’s stars.
And after his team letting in 5 goals against Leicester City recently, it’s no wonder the manager wants to make his back four water tight, as it were.
Whether van Gaal is successful in drafting in a new back line, we don’t know but here’s a list of four possibilities that might make it happen.
Dani Alves – FC Barcelona
The 31 year old has just announced a desire to play in the Premier League next year and Manchester United could pounce on the idea but will have to see off any interest from Liverpool who will also be in the market for him.
Gerard Piqué – FC Barcelona
The other Barça player is none other than Gerard Piqué, who we spoke about the other day. Piqué was left out of the team that lost 3-2 against PSG on Tuesday and might end up falling out of favour with new manager Luis Enrique. If that happens, we could well see the tall centre back packing up and moving back to his old club. With Piqué’s experience with Barcelona, he would be sure to add that extra bit of zest at the back which Louis Van Gaal is craving for.
Fabio Coentrao – Real Madrid
The Portuguese left back for Real Madrid may become surplus to requirements next year and Van Gaal may want to use ex teammate Ángel Di Marìa as bait to lure him. Coentrao would be a good addition and his work rate is second to none – something to think about.
Neven Subotic – Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic has been linked with a move to united reports The Daily Express. Subotic is a solid player for Dortmund and the centre back from Serbia could be an excellent upgrade for the likes of Phil Jones and Johnny Evans.
Obviously, there is no proof yet that these players will be at united for next season but one thing’s sure – Van Gaal has certainly got his work cut out for himself if he wants a top 3 finish. I think it can be done with patience and teamwork and it will be interesting to see what the new Red Devil’s manager does over the next few months.