The one Group A player Manchester United should sign after the World Cup

Dejan Lovren

The World Cup group stage is almost over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.

Group A has seen Brazil coast to qualification as group winners as Neymar has run riot, whilst Mexico edged out Croatia on Monday night to take second spot – level on points with Luiz Felipe Scolari's side. Croatia can count themselves somewhat unlucky to be going home, but Cameroon's campaign was simply atrocious from start to finish with calamitous defending and infighting aplenty.

There have been plenty of impressive players in Group A, and new United boss Louis van Gaal will have had his eye on a number of them given that his Netherlands side would face a Group A team in the last 16. Whilst Croatia were knocked out by Mexico on Monday, centre back Dejan Lovren could be a player on United's radar this summer.

The Southampton star enjoyed a superb first season in the Premier League with the Saints, and continued that form into the World Cup as Croatia's most impressive defender. They may have conceded three against both Brazil and Mexico, but it was often goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa at fault for Niko Kovac's side.

Having seen long-serving duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both leave Old Trafford at the end of their contracts, the Red Devils must bring in central defensive help this summer. Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen and Atletico Madrid's Miranda have both been strongly linked, but Lovren is another name to be suggested after his great debut season in the Premier League.

At just 24, the former Lyon man still has his best days behind him – and whilst it may not be the big name capture that United fans are looking for, Lovren would be a sensible signing for United based on both his Premier League and World Cup displays - though they may have to fight with rivals Liverpool and Tottenham for his signature, with both sides also believed to be watching Lovren too.

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