Why this £25m Bundesliga signing should be Manchester United’s priority:

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Mats HummelsIf Manchester United’s defensive frailties weren’t clear throughout last season, the club’s pre-season action has emboldened them, underlined them and then highlighted them, before circling them multiple times.

Pre-season should be about re-establishing the balance of your side. It’s an opportunity to develop partnerships, establish patterns and find consistency. But this just hasn’t happened yet.

Against lowly opposition from Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, United have conceded nine goals and given their strikers a lot of work to do.

Nemanja Vidic’s injury problems are well documented. The Serbian international has had to sit out United’s summer tour thanks to fitness issues. There must be serious concerns over how many games he’ll be able to feature in over the course of the next year.

Then there’s Rio Ferdinand, who at 34-years-old, is in the Autumn of his career. I expect he’ll be phased out at United over the next two or so seasons.

There’s plenty of young defensive talent at Manchester United, but you get the feeling that signing(s) in this area are a must.

I can only hope that David Moyes is as aware of this issue as everybody else is. His continued pursual of Fabregas (and a host of other creative midfielder types) suggests not (though to be fair, United could also do with bolstering this area).

With Premier League football fast approaching, a quick solution is needed.

I was therefore pleasantly surprised to see Sports Direct News, link United to Borussia Dortmund’s much lauded defender Mats Hummels, even if I took the claims with a pinch of salt.

This isn’t the first time that United have been linked to Hummels, but with United’s need so pressing, there’s some chance that the stories could be true.

The 6 ft 4 in tall German centre-back cuts an imposing figure and at this stage in his career, has the know-how and ability to be a defensive lynch-pin for just about any club throughout Europe. There’s a reason why he’s been compared to players like Franz Beckenbauer.

He’ll fit into Manchester United nicely: he’s good at distributing from the back and isn’t afraid to come out of the defense to start attacks.

He would cost Manchester United ‘in excess of’ £25m, but the club has already shown a willingness to spend money this summer. Signing Hummels would not only satisfy a need, it would be a symbol of intent.

If there’s any truth to the claims, I only hope David Moyes is able to follow through.

What’s your take? Is Mats Hummels the solution to United’s defensive woes?

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  • ejiogu princewell says:

    wats happening on united transfer pls,moyes we need one center back,creative milfeder and one defensiver milfeder for replacement of carrick in future he is geting old.

  • josh says:

    Let him come cause we need in that defense line-up, the like of Vidic are getting old so we need new young guys dat can fit in to Man Utd.

  • akeju says:

    we need hummel,garay,fellani,ronaldo forget fabregas let serious on fellani … fellani is most important to utd fan than fabregas…..dont sell rooney if all this player are refuse to come

  • akeju says:

    am afraid of moyes, moyes try to brake bank on fellani…….any coach that left they club to another they we bring one or two player from they formal team to help the team and to help coach ……look at matinez wigan coach he bring three player from wigan down to everton…… secondly Gardiola from barcelona to munich he bring thiago to help is work moyes try to bring fellani and baines

  • Shamsudden says:

    Sir moyes am advcn u dat d playrs dt u r lkn 4 dm like fabregas felaini machiso dia all tylntt so u hv 2 fight 2 bring dm 2 man utd may God help us all.

  • Sirvic says:

    I think the only D.MOIS need to do is forget about the Cesc thing,bring in the likes of Felaine, a winger and center defender like Hummel

  • Nick says:

    Feillani is not important,he is slow, man u need attacking midfeilder dat is fast!

  • Martin Dimech says:

    I agree we need reneforcements at the back, not necessarily Hummels, I prefer Garay, I agree Fellini will be a better solution to our midfield and basically give time to Adnan, Cleverly and yes Anderson

  • Akinola Samuel says:

    Pls Moyes,be fast to sign the would class players to retain the premier league tittle again & we need FA CUP & Champions league thks God will put u through.

  • samtos says:

    what is the current details on fabrigas, if we can’t sign him, let sign anoda good player….mikel obi is there

  • RICHY says:

    I wish united to trash this player down so we can win trophy kike chamnslgue,eplgue n more …up UNITED!!

  • come says:

    Don’t bring BAINES cause, Evra is still in his form and Alexender BUTTNER is good to replace him.

  • come says:

    we need only FELLAINI, one central back and don’t let Ronny go plse Moyes!!!

  • Fatusi says:

    Pls bring in dat german guy moyes, why dis snail slow in d transfer market 4 christ sake!

  • damilola says:

    Pls man u sign hummel, gustavo, ezikeal garay, fellaini and bernard for us pls we are begging

  • Suleakeem96 says:

    David moyes,is every slow in signing dis season let him forget abt cese case and face another quanlity players.we ned good midfeders dat wil hold d ball,for d issue of rooney we shld nt sel him to chealse becos dy wil use it against us and ldt sel dat guy aborad so dat he wil nt come against us.manunited shld b very fast abt d transfers we need new face at old traford.i greet all d red devil fans worldwild one

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