Man United Hope to Beef Up Defence With £10m Former Old Trafford Centre Back Bid

Old Trafford boss keen on former player.

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Following a series of defensive blows, it appears Manchester United could be ready to revive their interest in Stoke City defender, Ryan Shawcross.

The centre-back spent the majority of his youth training with the Old Trafford club but failed to fit into the first team plans of Sir Alex Ferguson and took a move to Stoke City in 2008.

However, Shawcross’ departure may have proven to be one of the Scot’s more regrettable decisions after the 24 year-old has developed massively in the last three years and is on the outer brink of an England spot.

SOURCE: FootyBunker

Whilst Sir Alex Ferguson has repeatedly been linked with supposed interest in former Man United man Ryan Shawcross it could be that the timing is right for such a bid to become a reality. With Nemanja Vidic out for the rest of the season and Rio Ferdinand suffering with poor form and injuries a move for the 24 year old Stoke City captain.

The big Chester born centre back would surely be tempted by a move to the club he represented from 15 to 21 and although Potters boss Tony Pulis would be loathed to lose such a crucial player he may also not step in the way of an Old Trafford return for his skipper.

Though Phil Jones has impressed greatly the former Blackburn Rovers man has actually fared better in a midfield role and Chris Smalling similarly appears more proficient at right back. Jonny Evans has greatly improved but is still prone to schoolboy errors from time to time.

Shawcross has racked up over 175 appearances for Stoke City since his move to the Britannia Stadium back in January 2008 for a fee of just £1m and it would take a bid of at least ten times that figure to persuade Pulis to sell.

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