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

Thomas Vermaelen Pre FA Cup Press Conference

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

Group H was seen as one of the more dour groups at the World Cup before the tournament, but the surprise performances of Algeria made it far more interesting than expected. Belgium ran out group winners as anticipated, but were far less impressive that people thought they would be. Meanwhile, Russia and South Korea both limped out of the tournament without much of a whimper in hugely disappointing tournaments for both sides.

There were a number of players who performed brilliantly in Group H, with many of them coming from Algeria, including goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, midfielder Yacine Brahimi and striker Islam Slimani – but Manchester United should be looking to finally tie up a deal to sign a familiar face to Premier League fans.

Having allowed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to leave the club at the end of their contracts, it's no secret that United boss Louis van Gaal must look to bring in new central defenders this summer, with only Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling currently at his disposal. There have been big names linked for months, but it seems that his top target for now is Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgium defender has had his World Cup campaign ravaged by injury yet again, and whilst this serves as something of a warning to the Red Devils over his ability to play for an extended amount of time, the 28-year-old is a perfect fit for what van Gaal wants from his defenders given his experience with Ajax.

Van Gaal's former club preach for their defenders to bring the ball out from the back, and that's exactly what Vermaelen can bring. £11m is a gamble given his injury history and his loss of form over the last 12 months, but his ideal fit in van Gaal's defence means that United should still go ahead and complete the deal despite those concerns.

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