Louis van Gaal has chosen to sign a player that he knows rather than the Juventus star…
Manchester United have placed Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman ahead of Juventus youngster Paul Pogba in their list of summer targets, reports the Metro.
The Frenchman had played for the Red Devils before his move to the Serie A champions, and has since made the Old Trafford hierarchy regret ever letting him go.
However, Man United are not willing to pay the massive fee that would be needed to bring 21-year-old back to the Premier League.
Instead of going after the highly rated youngster they are now stepping up their attempts to sign 25-year-old Kevin Strootman. The Dutchman played under United boss Louis van Gaal when the 63-year-old was in charge of the Netherlands, and it would seem that the manager wants to bring in a player he knows and admires.
Man United have been finding it difficult to control games from midfield this season, and the addition of Strootman could mean that they will no longer have to play striker Wayne Rooney in the middle of the park, which has subsequently hamstrung the club captain’s effectiveness in the final third.