The dust may have settled on Manchester United’s summer transfer work but that hasn’t stopped them preparing to go after a defender who not only looks like Nemanja Vidic but could turn out to be as good as the current United captain.
United reportedly have scouts watching 21-year-old Martin Hinteregger, a regular in the back four of Austrian side FC Salzburg.
Hinteregger has featured in eight league games for his club this season as well as in the Europa League and there are plenty of reasons, other than the fact he looks like Vidic, for United to go after him.
He’s a straight up, no nonsense, tall defender who is clearly consistent in his role along the back four, proved by the number of appearances he’s already made for his Austrian club.
His performances haven’t gone unnoticed at international level and while he’s yet to make his senior debut for Austria, he has featured at youth level for the Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 side.
It’s also a sensible signing for David Moyes to consider because he would go right in amongst Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans in terms of the group of players who could replace Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
One of the striking features of the recent United side is that they have had so much cover in the defensive part of their squad, which will be maintained with Hinteregger coming in and Ferdinand and Vidic moving closer to retirement as they get older.
It’s impossible to comment on his game without seeing him play but his record for Red Bull Juniors (six goals in 13 appearances) suggests that he can offer something in attack as well as defence.
That only enhances the number of reasons United should go after him because he seems to be very effective and threatening in his opponent’s half of the pitch as well as doing a competent job in his own back four.
Some United fans may be unconvinced due to his lack of experience playing football in an elite league in Europe.
However, the reports suggest that if United want to go after him, Salzburg will be looking for a fee of around £6 million which surely makes him a gamble worth taking.
If he turns out to be half as good as Vidic or Ferdinand then not only will his value increase, it will justify going after him when there are other, more experienced players United could look a bringing into their defence.
Oh, and he's also scored a goal from well inside his own half before.
What do you think? Is Hinteregger a good potential signing?
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