Is this Moyes' three man shortlist to replace Vidic?

The Daily Mail has suggested three possible replacements for Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United.

Reports suggest Manchester United have a shortlist of names David Moyes is considering as defensive replacements for captain Nemanja Vidic.

Vidic has signed a deal to go to Inter Milan for next season, which means Moyes now has to find a replacement which won’t leave his defence short in terms of presence, strength and experience.

United were linked with Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal but the same reports which cover that as not being possible have produced three names that Moyes is apparently considering.

The players in question are Mehdi Benatia of AS Roma, Alex of Paris Saint-Germain and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid.

“They would prefer experience, hence scouts looking at Mehdi Benatia at Roma and Alex of PSG but David Moyes does not intend to pursue interest in Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen,” reads the Daily Mail report.

“Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was someone they considered earlier in the season but they are not alone. The 27-year-old, has been linked with Manchester City also and is close friends with City winger Jesus Navas.”

All three players are mentioned in the same Daily Mail report which plays down the idea of a Vermaelen to United transfer and all three players probably wouldn’t be the first choice of the majority of United supporters.

The stand out name on that list is Real Madrid’s Ramos, someone who guarantees that experience which is being lost through Vidic’s exit and someone who can also cover right-back when needed.

Alex also guarantees that experience having spent time in the Premier League before while Benatia has 31 caps for Morocco at international level.

United have been linked with plenty of other top profile centre backs such as Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund and Ezequiel Garay of Benfica but they may be difficult players to get a hold of considering the competition for their services.

It’s an important decision for Moyes and United and one that they need to get right.

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