With The Premier League season just one day away and the transfer window closing in a couple of weeks Manchester United are in a bad position once more.
With the squad beset by injury Manchester United’s powers of negotiation don’t seem to have improved in the last year and new faces still appear some way off.
It’s inconceivable to imagine that no more deals will be done before September especially with Manchester United having so few senior defenders available. With Jonny Evans potentially out Tyler Blackett may well start against Swansea.
We have to say that we have been extremely impressed with the Manchester United youngster and have no qualms about playing him at all. Indeed, he is good enough to be a United regular by the end of the season.
But Louis van Gaal seems to want more experience, and certainly more numbers, in his defensive line -particularly for the centre back positions.
Vermaelen has gone to Barca. Dortmund are adamant that they are keeping Hummels. And Rojo is entangled in a legal dispute.
But The Daily Mail today throws up a name that may well be mentioned again in conjunction with Manchester United before the end of the window.
Ron Vlaar may leave Aston Villa but Paul Lambert remains calm
Vlaar had an outstanding World Cup and, at 29, he’s got the sort of experience that LvG seemingly desires.
With the obvious Dutch connection Louis would be well-placed to make the signing and you would imagine that Vlaar would happily swap shirts to come to United.
LvG wants a left-footed centre back and Vlaar doesn’t have that. But, as time ticks down on the window and United remain empty-handed, perhaps Vlaar may be seen as the viable quick-fix for the club.
Let’s see him in action. United fans: good enough?