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Manchester United Target Shock Move For Dutch Midfield Hard Man

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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