Ezequiel Garay and 7 Players Louis Van Gaal Could Bring to Manchester Utd
Louis van Gaal has been unveiled as Manchester United's new manager for the 2014-15 season and will take charge just as soon as he's led the Netherlands through the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He's stubborn, big-headed and established as a top-tier manager—the exact cocktail the Red Devils need to return to the summit of the English game.
Here, we take a quick look at seven players who should interest the Dutchman this summer when recruiting at Old Trafford, be it in this window or the next.
Ezequiel Garay, CB, Benfica
Bring the saga to an end.
Ezequiel Garay has been linked with Manchester United for the last six transfer windows. He was lined up to join the club last summer, only for David Moyes to pull the plug, per B/R's Rob Dawson.
Benfica have just completed the Portuguese treble and finished runners-up in the UEFA Europa League for the second straight season. Garay has been at the heart of it all, just as he'll be at the heart of Argentina's defence during the 2014 World Cup.
Sign him up.
Daley Blind, LB/CM, Ajax
With Patrice Evra's contract expiring and Internazionale supposedly leading the race to pick him up, per Sky Sports, Manchester United need a new left-back.
Alexander Buttner will hope a Dutch coach will give a Dutch player a chance, but the far more likely conclusion is that Louis van Gaal brings someone in to do the job.
Daley Blind, Ajax's star left-back who can also play in central midfield, is a signing that would kill two birds with one stone.
Luke Shaw, LB, Southampton
If not Daley Blind, for one reason or another, then season-long target Luke Shaw will be certain to interest Louis van Gaal.
The same report suggests the Red Devils are happy to make Shaw the highest-paid teenager in football.
Jordy Clasie, CM, Feyenoord
Jordy Clasie burst on the scene several seasons ago but cooled off until the 2013-14 campaign began.
Louis van Gaal likes him a lot—he's slated to start at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was likely set to pair with Kevin Strootman before the Roma man was injured.
Clasie boasts drive, box-to-box energy and creative skills. He can do what Michael Carrick does and more despite having a decade on the English stalwart.
Kevin Strootman, DM, Roma
When the Roma midfielder recovers from his ACL injury, suggested to be sometime closer to Christmas 2015, expect Louis van Gaal to show some interest.
That Manchester United let him get away and sign for the Giallorossi last summer was an absolute travesty, and Strootman went on to prove he's one of the finest defensive midfielders in Europe.
He was the second name on LvG's World Cup teamsheet, behind Arjen Robben, prior to injury.
Viktor Fischer, LW/CF, Ajax
Viktor Fischer is a prodigious young Danish talent plying his trade for Ajax.
With Manchester United's wing corps looking drab, uninspiring and horribly overpaid, Louis van Gaal could do worse than injecting some talented young players into the ranks.
Fischer is an absurd prospect, boasting ridiculous speed, amazing close control and impressive composure in front of goal.
Luiz Gustavo, Wolfsburg
Manchester United lack a true anchor midfielder, and while Sir Alex Ferguson never truly liked playing with an out-and-out holder, Louis van Gaal may try to find one to balance his formation.
Gustavo will likely start for Brazil this summer at the 2014 World Cup, as he did at the 2013 Confederations Cup, and remind us of the value an anchor brings.