Dutchman says it would be difficult to turn down Manchester United

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Marco van Ginkel of Vitesse Arnhem has admitted it would be extremely hard to ignore any interest from Manchester United.

The 20-year-old has been one of the most productive central midfield players in the Dutch league this season, with a record of eight goals and ten assists in 31 matches which has attracted the interest of some top clubs.

Everton and Norwich City have already been in touch from the Premier League but he seems very reluctant to leave Vitesse unless the club calling are the current Premier League champions.

He says it’s a different story if United want van Ginkel to follow Alexander Buttner to Old Trafford which is very bad news for Brazilian midfielder Anderson, who has already been tipped to leave United.

"I will not necessarily leave, but you never know what will happen.

"We saw last year with Alexander Buttner, If suddenly Manchester United are at the door, it's a different story."

Anderson has made 14 Premier League appearances this season, which suggests he is way down the pecking order in terms of the midfield reserves United are using as they look to re-build ahead of next season.

He may see any move for a dynamic young player like van Ginkel as a sign that his career at Old Trafford is effectively over and that it would be better for him to go and seek first team football elsewhere.

Van Ginkel has cited the example of Buttner to explain how United can change his thinking from wanting to stay with Vitesse. He suggests the magnitude and the opportunity of joining such a massive club is very hard to turn down.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already started to lay the ground work over the next transition into his new Manchester United team.

There are several players in the current squad who are younger and will form the base of the side over the coming seasons; David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Wilfried Zaha, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and many more.

More significantly it seems to be the centre of midfield, van Ginkel’s position, where United are going to be looking to strengthen this summer and Anderson could be axed as he’s failed to nail down his place this year.

The only stumbling block to any United related move for van Ginkel is the fact that he wants to play and seems reluctant to move if he’s not going to get a fair crack of the whip.

That core of young players at United makes for a very competitive group, which could threaten any chance van Ginkel has of getting into the first team and staying there over playing for the Under-21 side.

However, regardless of that, if United make a formal approach, and the youth policy at Old Trafford suggests there’s every chance they could do, then he may have no choice but to take the move as he may not get another chance.

Could van Ginkel fit into the philosophy at Old Trafford? Is he good enough?

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