After the Netherlands' strong performance at the World Cup, Louis van Gaal's stock has gone through the roof.
United fans have been able to get a first-hand look at their new manager as he guided the Dutch through the choppy waters of a difficult campaign, coming out of the other side being declared a tactical genius by pundits galore.
Van Gaal has now forsaken a post-World Cup holiday to dive straight into his new position at Old Trafford. The hard work truly starts now.
While the world forensically analyses every facet of United's squad, the team could be just two players short of reclaiming the Premier League title.
Those two players are Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels―who both seem open to moves to the club.
Simon Jones of the Mail Online writes that Vidal's agent has been in discussions with United over a potential £35 million move, with the Metro claiming that Juventus' interest in Patrice Evra is key to the deal, with Vidal on standby to complete a medical.
And Jamie Jackson of The Guardian says that Hummels is a fan of both Van Gaal and the Red Devils, having taken a "pilgrimage" to Old Trafford to see United play Wigan for his 18th birthday.
Vidal and Hummels are undoubtedly world-class players, and if Van Gaal can persuade them to join his new Manchester United, the club would witness a form of strategic evolution, as opposed to wholesale revolution.
The Dutchman will likely employ a 4-3-3 formation when he takes the reins of the team in the coming weeks and Vidal would be central to this tactic, if he decides to leave Italy.
United have already acquired the talent of Ander Herrera to play in central midfield, but the combination of Vidal and the Spaniard in a narrow three would strengthen Van Gaal's first team immeasurably.
The formation would allow either Vidal or Herrera to burst forward and mean we might finally see a midfield worthy of the shirt for the first time since the heyday of Paul Scholes.
United need a player like Vidal―a natural leader in the Roy Keane mould. He is a player with mobility and aggression, and he is perfect for a 4-3-3. Van Gaal is a manager who will buy individuals that suit his system rather than superstars.
Vidal will give United incredible value for money―no matter what his price may end up being.
Hummels is also vital in moving the Red Devils back to where they want to be.
In Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, Van Gaal has two excellent footballers who could kick on to be world class in the next couple of seasons, but at present, United need a centre-back of experience and intelligence.
Hummels has been at the sharp end of European football with Borussia Dortmund for some time and would effortlessly slip into Van Gaal's team.
Again, like Vidal, whatever his price—the player would repay United his cost and much more. He would bring a calming effect to the back four.
The acquisitions of Vidal and Hummels would prove that United are not that far away from the six teams that finished above them in the Premier League last season, and their presence would improve the balance of the Red Devils―something that was evidently missing under David Moyes.
Their inclusion in United's purchasing in this transfer window could not be described as excessive, given the transfer kitty available to the new manager. The top clubs have been spending upward of £100 million each summer for some time now, and it is time that United did the same.
Also, with United on the verge of signing a world-record kit deal, per Richard Tanner of the Sunday Express, there simply is no excuse not to buy the best players available.
Vidal and Hummels' arrival would put United right back among the favourites for the title, as both players would hit the ground running. With a hugely strengthened defence and midfield full of vitality and energy, coupled with the talents of Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney ahead of the ball, no side would want to face the Red Devils next season.
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