Manchester United will be looking to replace Rio Ferdianand and Nemanja Vidic in January as the defensive set up of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans has failed to step up their performances for the team. Their involvements in matches have been affected by injuries and Louis Van Gaal will need reinforcement sooner than later and Angelo Ogbonna is the latest defender to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.
After failing to land Thomas Vermelean from Arsenal and had bids for Matt Hummels rejected, Manchester United is left with no real leader in the back line which has come to hurt the team in the first two months of the new season. Keeping a clean sheet is an uphill task for the team presently and Wayne Rooney tackle on Downing showed he had little faith in his defence keeping out the counter attack effectively. Manchester United’s turn to Juventus’ Ogbonna shows they are presently looking for a defensive reinforcement to stabilize the team. Matt Hummels was the leading candidate but the German might not be available till next summer after been made Borussia Dortmund captain. Dortmund’s decision to sell Hummels is still under consideration and he may just end up in Dortmund even next summer. Eliaquim Mangala, who recently joined Manchester City was also linked to Manchester United at a time during the summer transfer window but Louis Van Gaal will be looking elsewhere in search of a solid defender for his Manchester United side. It’s not the first time Manchester United is been linked with Angelo Ogbonna, the defender was first linked with United during his time at Torino and a move to Old Trafford will be pleasing to the Italian.
Ogbonna cost Juventus about 15 million euros and the price tag on the defender is unknown at the moment but how much will Ogbonna add to the United defence? He has played in two clubs with him making his mark in Torino before moving to Juventus in 2013. He is presently not a regular player for the Turin based team and a move to Old Trafford will surely be an exciting one for the Italian. Manchester United been desperate to add a name to their defence line must be done with caution. A case has already been made about the lack of experience in the United defence and fixing it in January should be of utmost importance for Louis Van Gaal with a top four finish already been placed on his shoulders.
Angelo Ogbonna will hope to attract more interest from Manchester United scouts by getting more game time under Massimiliano Allegri between now and the re-opening of January transfer window. Although, Manchester United needs a defender as soon as possible, making a move for Ogbonna is not convincingly the best but the unavailability of a top rated defender in the market may force the team to go for players in the range of Ogbonna. Whether they should or not remains a big question without an answer.