Louis van Gaal is on the hunt for a decent defender and it looks like he has his eyes firmly set on bringing Gerard Piqué back to his old club to solve his defensive issues.
With clubs all over the Premier League wanting to sign United’s Darren Fletcher, whose contract is about to expire, van Gaal desperately needs some weight back in his defense.
The 30 year old Scot was also being chased by Valencia and has seen his possibilities of match time greatly reduced under Louis van Gaal.
United appear to have made Piqué their main objective and are said to be ready to table a bid of £15m to start off negotiations with the club the player rejoined back in 2008.
To be honest, there is lots of reasons to entice Piqué to united once again. Barça’s ex stopper Victor Valdés has just signed for the club and will also link up with Spaniards Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and main keeper David de Gea.
The manager’s stance on his defensive woes has brought criticism from ex United and Real Madrid star Michael Owen, who feels they are not functioning as a team.
“They are not functioning as a team,” said Owen. “And if you don’t function as a team, and your strikers and midfielders aren’t working hard then you’ll concede goals – it’s not just about the defence.”
“If you’re not playing well throughout the team, you won’t score enough goals as the strikers aren’t getting enough chances.”
Owen has a point as United’s defense should be one of the best in Europe with names like Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo at the back. Meanwhile, Colombian hitman Falcao is not exactly firing on all cylinders and well may be offered back to Monaco if things do not improve. In the last few games I have watched, Falcao has missed some chances that in his Atlético Madrid days, would have been his bread and butter.