As David Moyes continues to put his stamp on Manchester United, it could be young German defender Mattias Ginter who becomes entrusted with shutting out Red Devils' opponents next season.
According to Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler, Patrice Evra could yet join talismanic centre-back Nemanja Vidic out of Old Trafford in the summer.
With an exodus predicted, Moyes looks set to bring in the 20-year-old defender as he looks to build for the future with his current employers, knowing that Ginter is the perfect man to build his defence around.
If it is true, I am of course honoured and excited. On the other hand, there is still a long way to the summer.
The Freiburg man has been linked with a move to Bayern Munch and Arsenal recently, with a £10 million price placed on the German under-21 international's head.
Hotly tipped to one of European football's elite sides, the youngster also looks set to be on the fringes of Germany's World Cup squad, having featured throughout the national youth setup with 19 appearances and one goal across under-18, under-19 and under-21 sides.
Goal.com football writer Cristian Nyari tweeted his own thoughts of Ginter's international future:
If Ginter develops at this rate there's no question that he will start for Germany in 3-4 years.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) February 28, 2014
Buying for the future will be paramount to success for Moyes, who remains surrounded by a number of stars who will fondly remember the Sir Alex Ferguson era at United.
Potentially poisonous to the Old Trafford atmosphere, the manager will be looking to cleanse the club's playing pallet as he looks to build the club in his own image.
However, the signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton saw signs that fans were failing to take to the manager's methods and, out of all domestic cup competitions and on the end of a 2-0 deficit to Olympiakos in the Champions League, the former Toffees boss needs time to turn things around.
ScoutNation's video shows just how the defender could boost United's title chances for next season, as a ball-playing defender who looks to make things tick from the back:
Signings like Ginter will help stem the losing flow at Old Trafford, as he looks to rebuild the club's ageing back line into one that can compete with the Premier League's top attacking outlets.
Chris Smalling, playing at right-back, was the only defender for United that was under 30 during the defeat in Greece.
A potential defence of Jonny Evans (26), Smalling (24), Rafael (23) and Ginter (20) will add much-needed youth and pace to the United side, and with left-back Alexander Buttner (25) also at the club, a clearance of the old guard may not be to United's detriment next season.