The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.
Group D saw one of the shocks of the World Cup, as relative minnows Costa Rica beat both Uruguay and Italy to take top spot, whilst England crashed out with just one point. There were plenty of other incidents, none more publicised than Luis Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in another shocking act from the Liverpool star.
A number of players impressed in Brazil from Group D, with a host of unheralded Costa Rican players making names for themselves, but Manchester United should instead target a player who was involved in a controversial incident as England fell to Uruguay 2-1 in Sao Paulo.
Centre back Diego Godin was already on a yellow card for handball when he blocked Daniel Sturridge off the ball, which should've resulted in a second yellow card – but ultimately didn't, and he went on to score the winner in the final group game against Italy to take Oscar Tabarez's side through to the knockout stages.
Godin, 28, has not only impressed in Brazil but was a rock in the heart of the Atletico Madrid defence – a team that won the La Liga title and reached the Champions League final under the stewardship of Diego Simeone. Those performances had reportedly attracted admiring glances from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, but United must now look to make an offer.
The Red Devils have allowed long-serving central defensive pairing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to leave the club on free transfers upon the expiration of their contracts. As a result, new boss Louis van Gaal must look to bring in another centre back this summer, with his current options only being Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Reports have suggested that United have been looking to sign Miranda – Godin's partner in central defence at Atletico Madrid – but it's Godin who they should be looking at in order to add some quality and stability to the heart of their back line.
It would no doubt have to be a large fee to tempt Atletico in to the sale, but the former Villarreal man has now proven himself to be an outstanding defender in La Liga, in the Champions League and now in the World Cup too – which should attract interest from United.