13 games, 3 goals conceded - The €15m United should have spent this summer

Ezequiel Garay for Benfica

As Manchester United toil in defence Ezequiel Garay is shining for Zenit St Petersburg.

There is no doubt that Manchester United could have targeted certain areas of the pitch for strengthening this summer other than the ones they did - specifically at centre-back.

With the injury record Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have, asking them to fill the void left by the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand was mismanagement from the club.

They signed Marcos Rojo, but the Argentine is certainly a stronger left-back, while Tyler Blackett has had to be used on numerous occasions. In this weekends win against West Ham United, previously unknown Ulsterman Paddy McNair was thrown into action.

Yet they had opportunities to buy players. Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala and of course Ezequiel Garay.

The Argentine was a long-term target for United and when he inevitably left Benfica many always assumed it would be to join the Red Devils.

That did not turn out to be the case.

Zenit St Petersburg got the leap on their competitors by snapping him up first, paying 13 €15 million for his services.

Now it is clear to see what they are missing out on.

Zenit drew 0-0 today with Spartak Moscow, their first dropped points of the season and ,uch of that is to do with their defensive rock.

The Argentine has played 13 times for his new club since his switch from Portugal. And in the games where Garay has featured in the Russian Premier League and Champions League Zenit have conceded just THREE goals.

Zenit have not conceded in Europe this season and the only other times Garay has seen an opponent score was in an 8-1 win against Torpedo Moscow and 3-2 victory over Dinamo Moscow.

It is fair to say that Garay has had an incredible influence on the defence of Andre Villas-Boas' team and for the cut-price cost of just €15 million, Manchester United were mad not to snap him up.

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