Former Manchester United manager David Moyes may have inadvertently setback Louis van Gaal as the Dutch coach urges the club to sign Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.
The Belgian defender has emerged as a likely candidate to come into the United back four next season following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, but a deal could take longer due to the actions of the Scot.
The Daily Mail suggests that Moyes decided against a move for Vermaelen last season, as opposed to potential other deals where his initial work has given van Gaal an advantage in the transfer market.
“David Moyes was weighing up a move for the Belgium international earlier this year but changed his mind,” writes Simon Jones.
Whereas Moyes’ public interest in Luke Shaw seemingly provided van Gaal with an advantage, this could make the negotiation process much longer if United’s new coach is interested in going after the Arsenal defender.
The Gunners could be open to selling to a rival because of the fact United failed to qualify for the Champions League this season.
They are expected to push strongly for the Premier League title but the Gunners may be forced to offload Vermaelen if he decides against the option of extending his contract beyond next year.
He’d be a great signing for United and someone who would inject stability and leadership into the key four.
He’s got plenty of experience in English football and van Gaal would more than likely play on the fact he’d have a point to prove after leaving Arsenal, as their captain after failing to break up the defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Moyes could certainly have handed United an advantage had he maintained his pursuit of Vermalen but it’s a small setback and one United should be able to overcome if Vermaelen is the man LvG wants in his back four.