Man United Boss Sets Sights On Veteran Centre-Back Pair as Sir Alex Ferguson Looks to Strengthen Defence

Old Trafford manager keen on short-term solution to defensive crisis.

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Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a January move for either AC Milan’s Philippe Mexes or Fulham giant Brede Hangeland as he looks to solidify his leaky back-line.

The Old Trafford boss has watched on as his injury ridden defence has lurched from one defensive nightmare to the next and has earmarked a move for one of the veteran pair in order to offer any option at the back as his Man United side look to battle for silverware on multiple fronts.

Thus far this term Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling have all spent large periods out with injuries and neither Rio Ferdinand or Jonny Evans have covered themselves in glory. Such have been Ferguson’s defensive problems that he has at times even had to use Michael Carrick as a makeshift centre-back.

Having conceded 16 goals in 11 Premier League matches it’s clear that Sir Alex Ferguson will look to correct the problem as currently he is counting on his in-form strikers to continuously bail his side out of trouble. In comparison Man United only conceded 17 goals in the first 19 games of last term, and this included the 6-1 drubbing by local rivals City.

30 French international Mexes has struggled to secure regular first team football since he moved to the San Siro on a free transfer in May 2011 though this term things have fared a little better since AC Milan opted to sell their star centre-back Thiago Silva to PSG.

The former Roma man may well be amenable to a new challenge given the Rossoneri have started the season in horrific fashion, losing six of their opening 12 matches and have already fallen 17 points off leaders Juventus Mexes may feel the time right to consider a move to the Premier League.

Norwegian international Hangeland is in the final year of his current contract and the nearer we get to January the more likely Fulham will be to consider offers for the giant centre-back over the possibility of losing the American born defender on a free transfer.

The 31 year old is into his sixth season at Craven Cottage and though the West London side have started the season brightly he may feel the desire to pursue a move to a side that can offer him his first taste of Champions League action and having seen team-mates Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele leave in the summer for ‘bigger’ clubs Hangeland may well be tempted to do likewise if Man United come calling.

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