One thing Manchester United fans can take from the World Cup is that the club have bagged a bloody good manager. Louis Van Gaal’s ability to successfully change tactics, make key substitutions and transform Van Persie’s form has been revolutionary for Holland in Brazil. It now looks likely that this power will be used to revolutionise Man United’s problematic midfield.
Whilst the signing of Ander Herrera brings a lot to the middle for United they still lack the steel and power that departed the team with Roy Keane in 2005, Van Gaal looks set to finally solve this by smashing United’s transfer record with, the Guardian reports, a 48 million pound move for Juventus’s Arturo Vidal. The midfield powerhouse represents everything United lacked last season and a £250,000-a-week contract appears to be turning his head away from the Champions League to Manchester. Whilst key rivals interest may make the transfer extremely difficult for the inform Ed Woodward, this danger has been decreased with Wenger’s eye for a bargain in £23 million pound man Sami Khedira and Real Madrid’s chase of Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos.
The capture of Vidal could come along with a move for Van Gaals defensive rock for Holland, Stefan De Vrij to partner Thomas Vermaelen who appears very likely to join United after the World Cup. Coupled with United’s £60 million pound swoops last week, Van Gaal could have a team capable of returning to the upper echelons of the Premier League and back into the Champions League.