A look at Vidal’s season so far: Still an option for United?

Arturo Vidal

Has reported Manchester United target overcome his injury problems to remain a viable option for Louis van Gaal's side?

Last summer, Manchester United were linked with a number of potential new players – some who later arrived and some who did not.

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal falls into the latter category, with the Chilean international heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford (by the Daily Mail among others) to solve United's midfield issues, only to ultimately remain in Turin.

As he recovered from a serious knee injury and subsequently sustained a number of minor setbacks, it would have been easy to suggest United had not gone all out for Vidal as they waited to see if he could get back to his absolute best.

After all, United spent a considerable amount on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, so if they had really wanted Vidal a big bid is unlikely to have been beyond them.

Alas he remained where he was, with the speculation dying down and Kevin Strootman reportedly replacing him on Louis van Gaal’s wanted list...or at least joining him on it.

But with 2015 now upon us, has Vidal done enough to suggest United could reignite their alleged interest?

The 27-year-old has played 21 times this season, including 15 times in Serie A, five times in the Champions League and once in the Supercoppa.

In that time Vidal has scored six goals and provided two assists – all in the league – while racking up 1,622 minutes of senior football.

That is not bad for a player who some feared would struggle to rediscover the form that earned him his reputation. But if anything Vidal is getting better, with three goals and two assists in his last six Serie A matches.

When you consider Vidal’s talent, along with the fact that he has proved that his injury woes are behind him, United may be wise to consider another bid.

After all, he remains an outstanding footballer and one that would be loved at Old Trafford, and if Juventus got an offer too good to refuse, who knows?

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