It’s virtually impossible to know what goes on inside the head of a genius. Louis van Gaal has confounded us all so many times already with his decisions. McNair and Blackett getting so many starts, when more experienced heads would surely have been used by most coaches, is a prime example.
What we do know is that the performances are improving after a terrible start.
But will Louis add a centre back in January? Fans and pundits alike have said that Manchester United are desperate for an experienced head to add to all the potential that United have in defence.
But, with players returning from injury, Manchester United are starting to look solid at the back again.
Nevertheless, a really top central defender wouldn’t go amiss – a master of his art who can shut the back door and let the others go forward with confidence. Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund would appear to be the top target. And with Dortmund rock bottom of The Bundesliga, he may well be tempted.
But The Telegraph reckons that Manchester United have a new target:
Louis van Gaal is considering a January move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin after drawing up a short-list of targets to bolster Manchester United’s injury-ravaged defensive options.
The 28 year old Uruguayan has immense experience, having played 85 times for his country since his debut in 2005. He’s solidity personified and is widely regarded as an even better player than his celebrated and sought after partner at Atletico, Joao Miranda. The source continues:
The 28-year-old is under contract with Spanish champions Atletico until June 2018, but it is understood that he has a €36m (£28.5m) release clause in his deal at the Vicente Calderon – a fee which would not prove prohibitive to United.
He’s a marvellous player – elegant, skillful and rock hard when necessary. He’s no slouch either.
Given the choice we would take the younger Hummels, simply due to his potential longevity at United. But either would improve the back line.
Let’s see Godin in action. Manchester United fans: Hummels or Godin? Or neither?