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Should Manchester United splurge £45m on their defense?

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Luke-ShawAfter the season that Manchester United are currently having, there’s sure to be a fair amount of deadwood cut adrift during the summer. Looking at this squad, it’s clear that there are too many aging legs, too many uncommitted minds and too many chancers for the Red Devils to compete at the top level.

The defense will certainly need assessing. We’ve recently heard the news that Nemanja Vidic will be leaving Old Trafford in the summer. It looks like Rio Ferdinand will also be heading for the exit door at the same time.

But David Moyes will also need to take a long, hard look at his full-backs and decide whether he thinks they’re good enough to play for Manchester United. He’s already sent Fabio packing, but I can’t help but feel that others need to join the exodus out of the club.

Patrice Evra is no spring chicken and I’d say it’s about time that he were phased out of the club. Sure, he can still be effective on his day, but those days are getting fewer and further in between. Replacing him with a younger model could be an important step forward for Manchester United.

With Rafael and Alexander Buttner also failing to impress, David Moyes could have his work cut out for him this summer.

As it happens, The Red Devils recently picked up a link to two young full backs. Indeed, The Mirror claim that David Moyes is ready to spend £45m on Everton right-back Seamus Coleman and Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. That’s a mighty large investment, isn’t it?

The source suggests that Coleman would cost around £20m and that Shaw would set United back £25m. Young British talent just doesn’t come cheap, does it?

Both players have built upon their already solid reputation this season, turning in a number of impressive performances and working their way into many a football fan’s fantasy league team.

Both Shaw and Coleman are great on the ball, work hard and have a strong cross. It’s clear that both of them have a huge future ahead of them, especially if they can build on their defensive ability.

Fixing Manchester United’s defensive issues wont come cheap, but if David Moyes snaps up these two, he could put the club back on the road to recovery.

What’s your take? Should Manchester United move in for these two top young talents?

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