Why Dragovic is not what Manchester United need

Manchester United have been linked with 22-year-old FC Basel defender Aleksandar Dragovic.

He’s been touted as a possible long term replacement for current club captain Nemanja Vidic but it’s a transfer United should avoid because it could create more problems than solutions at Old Trafford.

To begin with there is the massive question over whether Dragovic is of the quality which United should really be looking at with any defensive reinforcements over the summer period.

Dragovic may well be an Austrian international but the general standard of football in Austria and Switzerland, where he’s played his domestic football, is nowhere near the quality of the Premier League.

There are plenty of other exciting young defenders United could consider going after who would all arrive at Old Trafford with a much higher level of quality because of their upbringing in the game e.g. Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.

There is also nothing to justify how Dragovic could handle the pressure effectively in a United shirt because he simply wouldn’t be used to the weight of expectation that the club demands.

United's defencey was exposed last weekend in the 5-5 draw against West Brom, but that was a dead rubber of a match with United having taken their foot off the gas as soon as they secured the Premier League title.

Jonny Evans has performed admirably for the United first team under pressure this season in some very tough fixtures, while Phil Jones has proven that he can play anywhere along the back. Chris Smalling remains a top quality defender and his only obstacle this season has been injury.

If United are in the market for defenders this summer then don’t expect Moyes to go shelling out on high profile centre backs because he doesn’t need to.

Expect any signings to be of a much younger age, the sort of players who will be planted in the youth teams at the club to have the same sort of effect as the Evans, Jones and Smalling trio in a few years time.

Dragovic is a decent defender but he doesn’t make the cut when it comes to the sort of player United will consider, if they feel they need a direct replacement for Vidic as he heads into his mid to late 30s.

At the moment the Ferdinand and Vidic combination looks as strong as it’s ever been and if nothing is broken, there’s no point trying to fix it.

Is Dragovic good enough to play at Old Trafford? What do you think?

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