Transfer Bin: Manchester United linked with shock move for ex-Liverpool hero

With Manchester United desperate for new signings, speculation today has linked them with a move for Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso.

The Red Devils got the new season off to a nightmare start, as Swansea City spoiled Louis van Gaal's party at Old Trafford with a 2-1 win following goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson, leaving United with plenty of work to do in the transfer market as they seek to add to their currently patchwork squad.

New manager van Gaal had secured the signings of Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera before the start of the season, and this week Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo agreed a £16m switch to United having enjoyed an impressive World Cup with Argentina.

Defensive reinforcements may still be needed even after the arrivals of Shaw and Rojo, but central midfield remains a huge concern even after the signing of Herrera. Michael Carrick is out injured for some time yet, whilst Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley have done little to suggest that they can revolutionise that United midfield, and Marouane Fellaini could yet leave the cub for Napoli.

The ongoing saga surrounding Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal shows no sign of ending soon, but with the Serie A side still adamant that the Chilean won't be sold, United must look to alternatives - one of which could be former Liverpool hero Xabi Alonso, according to Corriere dello Sport in Italy.

Alonso, 32, made over 200 appearances for Liverpool during his time at Anfield, making himself an Anfield hero before heading back to Spain with Real Madrid in 2009. Carlo Ancelotti's side have now signed Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos this summer, pushing Alonso down the pecking order - but that doesn't prevent this rumour from ending up in our transfer bin.

United have moved on from the old guard of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, and must aim to get younger in order to build another title winning side. Adding an ageing player like Alonso, whose best days are well behind him, goes against everything that United should be doing right now.

Add in that Alonso still holds Liverpool close to his heart and would almost certainly turn down the Red Devils out of respect for the Anfield faithful, and it becomes even clearer that the deal would be a no-go.

United may well need to move on from their chase of Vidal, but bringing in Alonso certainly isn't the answer for van Gaal's men.

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