Manchester United Transfer News: Matthias Ginter Is Who Red Devils Need Most

Trey WarrenContributor IIIMarch 25, 2014

Freiburg's Matthias Ginter celebrates his side's opening goal during a round of 16 German soccer cup match between SC Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen in Freiburg, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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The English Premier League’s transfer window doesn’t open until July 1, but Manchester United has already been linked to many players.

With Nemanja Vidic playing his final games at Old Trafford this season and Rio Ferdinand possibly doing the same, United should be focused on bolstering their back line.

Although United have allowed just three goals in the Premier League since February 9, keeping the ball out of the net has been an issue for most of the season.

That is why SC Freiburg centre-back Matthias Ginter should be a top priority for United.

The 20-year-old has started in all 26 matches for Freiburg in the Bundesliga and five of the club’s six UEFA Europa League matches. He scored one goal during the Europa qualifying stage and two more goals during the German Cup.

According to, Ginter has averaged 1.9 tackles and 4.1 clearances per match in his 26 matches. He has a pass conversion rate of 86 percent and wins 3.5 aerial duels per match.

The German international has also committed just 11 fouls this season, 21 fewer than the departing Vidic has committed for United.

David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reported that United manager David Moyes was in attendance for Freiburg's match against Hertha Berlin on February 28 (h/t IB Times' Jason Le Miere). ESPNFC's Andy Mitten was impressed by Ginter's performance, as helped his club earn a clean sheet away from home.

Mitten also explains that Ginter is one of the best emerging centre-backs in the Bundesliga. He likes to play short passes and rarely dives into tackles, which WhoScored lists as a weakness in his game.

He has started three matches for the Germany U-21 squad and made his first appearance for the German national team this year.

Ginter is needed much more than the likes of Toni Kroos and William Carvalho, who have also been linked to United by Steve Bates of the Sunday People. The club has much more depth at midfield than they do on the defensive side. Ginter, although a strong defender, can move up and play in a central midfield role as well.

The young defender would also be a bargain for Moyes this summer. Transfermarkt indicates that Ginter is currently valued at 10 million.

However, Moyes will have his hands full, as other top clubs have shown interest. Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror reported that Premier League rival Arsenal were leading the chase. Meanwhile, Sky Sports listed Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich as interested clubs.

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It isn’t the only move Moyes will have to make this summer. However, Ginter would be a solid complement to the United back line and can also play in the midfield.

David Lynch of the Manchester Evening News suggests that the timing for such a move couldn't be better for Ginter, with Freiburg just two points clear of being relegated from the Bundesliga.

Bringing Ginter to Old Trafford would be a good start for Moyes as he looks to take the Red Devils back to the top of the Premier League next season. 

Failing to address and improve the back line could result in the end of United's support for Moyes.