According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will look at bolstering his defence in the summer, with a centre-back and right-back as his priorities.
The report states that the former Dutch national coach is interested in Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker, although Southampton’s Nathaniel Cylne remains an option.
Van Gaal is said to be looking to bring in a ‘stronger’ option than Paddy McNair, who has been deputising ahead of Rafael in recent matches.
An influx of players at Old Trafford, especially in defensive areas, is anticipated in the summer as the former Barcelona boss looks to build and engineer a side that can mount a serious Premier League title challenge.
Are Kyle Walker and Nathaniel Clyne players that could take United to the next level?
Although strengthening the defence in the summer would be a wise move by van Gaal, it seems unlikely the two aforementioned players would really improve the side significantly enough to improve the Red Devils’ chances at silverware next season.
The idea of adding another relatively inexperienced defender into the backline is also something the Dutch manager should reconsider, despite Clyne performing well in a defence that is statistically the best in the Premier League.
Chelsea and Manchester City have two experienced stars in Pablo Zableta and Branislav Ivanovic and it shows in their respective sides' performances. In United’s situation, with a very young and inexperienced backline, Dani Alves, who was linked to the club by the Guardian, could prove to be a much shrewder option.