Louis van Gaal has admitted that he has made a defensive midfielder a priority this summer, and his Manchester United side have been heavily linked to several potential signings for this position.
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The team’s current incumbent, Michael Carrick, 33, missed a total of 21 games through injury last season [Transfer Markt], an indication that his career at Old Trafford may be coming to an end.
The England international has been a key figure for the Red Devils, exerting both an authority and a calm in the centre of the park. However, his limited playing time in the 2014-15 campaign means that van Gaal is actively looking for players who can operate in the same role, according to Sky Sports.
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