Louis van Gaal could be bringing Nigel de Jong with him from the Dutch national side once he takes over at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering making a move for Dutch international midfielder Nigel de Jong once he arrives at Old Trafford, according to reports in the Mirror.
De Jong is currently a part of van Gaal’s Holland side at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and also has Premier League experience, having earned a reputation as a tough tackler during his time at Manchester City, where he lifted the Premier League title.
Now at AC Milan in Serie A, de Jong may be keen to leave following a tumultuous season for the club in which two managers were sacked and the boardroom wrangling that has dominated the San Siro landscape continued with little prospect of a conclusion.
The 29 year-old former Ajax and Hamburg midfielder gained notoriety for a high challenge on Spain’s Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final, but he is a player who has many more strings to his bow than just tackling and physicality.
He would certainly bring some much needed bite to a Manchester United midfield that was often criticised for playing at a pedestrian pace and lacking intensity next season, however, whilst he is also a player that van Gaal will feel that he can trust due to his consistent displays for the Oranje.
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