Manchester United’s trouble this season have been worse than anyone could have expected at the start of Louis Van Gaal’s reign as manager of the Red Devils. The investment has already been huge over the summer and it is one of those summer targets which United look to be back in for again in January. Louis Van Gaal has now set his sights on Arturo Vidal yet again, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims that reports in Italy suggest Van Gaal will keep an eye on how the Juventus midfielder recovers from his knee injury and if he makes it to January with no issues then a fresh bid is to be submitted for the 27-year-old.
With Phil Neville earlier this week claiming that United need to spend another £100 million in defensive and midfield areas in the next couple of transfer windows, Vidal now looks to be that central midfielder who will hopefully, for United’s sake change their toothlessness when under pressure.
Vidal is a key player for the Serie A giants and the Daily Star report that Juventus are not likely to sell for any sum less than the £35 million mark. This is a substantial amount for United to spend so soon after the massive fees they spent over the summer. Although Vidal was a target then, a lot could change leading up to to January but United’s poor form suggests they will need need to invest further during the winter.
It has been seen time and again in the Premier League that lots of signings in a short burst usually doesn’t work. Tottenham were testament to this last term. They did loose their star player Gareth Bale but they signed a lot of players to try and counteract his departure and although they didn’t have a disastrous season they failed to gain a spot in the top four once again.
Players need time to work well together and this is the case at United at the moment. However, The fact that Marcos Rojo is the only centre back signing in the window shows that Van Gaal has invested too heavily in forward areas, neglecting defence.
Arturo Vidal is a quick fix in January but until then a lot more will need to be done on the training ground to improve the team as a whole and not just as individuals.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.