A defender is definitely needed, but which one?
Despite what Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said about the club’s January spending a new central defender is definitely needed for the side.
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This is because the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic last summer has not properly been addressed and of the current options only Phil Jones has shown any promise in the position – and the England international is perennially injured.
So even if it won’t be another bumper £150m transfer window for the Red Devils at least one new centre-back is needed in the New Year and here CaughtOffside picks out the best option.
Expensive option – Mats Hummels – Guardian
Having won the 2014 World Cup with Germany and being widely considered as one of the best defenders in world football Hummels would be many fans’ favourite for their club to sign.
However, with United desperate Borussia Dortmund hold all the cards and can essentially name the price for their captain, meaning the 25-year-old will never live up to his fee.
It’s also easy to forget that Hummels has had major blips in form and was previously criticised for his lack of pace, something which could see the German found out in the Premier League.