Manchester United has suffered an excruciating humiliation since the departure of the veteran scot, Sir Alex Ferguson. With David Moyes’ reign having a number of record smashed in the negative direction. Louis Van Gaal reign has not been any better than that of Moyes. One obvious point of vulnerability of the struggling United team is the defence. With the legendary reign of the pair of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand coming to an end after a woeful run under David Moyes. Louis Van Gaal has been on the test mission with most of the options available plagued with one injury to the other. Ron Vlaar and Dani Alves are heavily linked with the club. one question what asking is weather these two names are the answer to the Clubs present problem and if they represent a quick fix, would Louis Van Gaal be sane to be centred on quick fix alone or a lasting solution to the club’s problem that will last for years.
One area of hope in the United defence is obviously the right side with the promising and maturing Rafael Da Silva ever getting better and improving his game in the area he is gifted in. The 24 year old is a perfect example of a modern day right full back combining his defensive strength with an attacking ambition. Loius Van Gaal has also seen a quick replacement for the ingenious young Brazilian in the Ecuadorian captain, Antonio Valencia. Dani Alves, 31, does not seem like the player United need both for a quick fix and a lasting legacy. Alves is widely experienced with lots of silver ware but for a league tagged as Rugby by Manchester City Jovetic, Alves stand no chance of an injury free spell at the premier league at 31. Dani Alves is new to the physical nature and the pace of the game in England. When settling down takes more than a season for a 31 year old new comer it is absolutely not a good business for the club. Dani Alves’ move to Manchester may be another Maicon’s move to Manchester.
Ron Vlaar falls within the age bound of those players that are at the prime of their playing career only with the difference of acquaintance with the game in England. Close follower of the Aston Villa captain would know that his playing as been plagued with injury concerns lately. The 29 year old represent a wealth of experience in the game in England but a look at the sir Alex Ferguson’s terrain reveals that his success are not based on quick fix but on ideology that last for years. The 4 biggest centre back pair in the history of the club would answer some of our concerns; Martin Buchan-Gordon McQueen partnership, Steeve Bruce-Gary Pallister, Jaap Stam-Ronny Johnson and Rio Ferdinand-Nemanja Vidic pair. Martin Buchan joined united at the age of 23, Gordon McQueen at 26, Steeve Bruce months before his 27th birthday, Gary Pallister at 24, Jaap Staap at 26,Ronny Johnson at 27, Rio Ferdinand at 24, Nemanja Vidic at 25. All of these players have enough time in their active career to develop their game at the club and acquaint themselves with the partnership. Ron Vlaar would be 30 years sixteen days after the January transfer market closes that does not look like a player having more than 2 years of active football at the top flight to his playing career. United can learn from Robin Van Persie transfer, a perfect one season. That all he’s got left.
Ron Vlaar’s compatriot Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan De Vrij are both more reasonable transfers for a manager who seeks a quick fix as well as a long term impact on a team. Martins Indi 22, is not just perfect for the side he is not the type of player that will cost United a huge fortune just as Stefan De Vrij would not have, had United signed him before his move to Lazio from Feyernoord.