Report: A centre-back on the list of Louis van Gaal's targets ahead of meeting

Angry Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal wants to strengthen his defence among other positions.

Louis van Gaal will sit down for talks with executive chairman Ed Woodward according to a report in the Manchester Evening News.

The report suggests that transfer targets will be discussed as well as the future of striker Radamel Falcao beyond this season when his loan spell from Monaco comes to an end. 

Van Gaal reportedly wants to strengthen his defence with a right-back and a centre-back, which won't meet many people by surprise given the vulnerability of United's defence at times this season, which has led to some reliance on goalkeeper David De Gea at the back. The Dutchman would also like to sign a new central midfielder.

A lot has been written about the right-backs and a midfielder wanted by van Gaal but a centre-back seems to be a relatively new development - though an unsurprising one. 

United really haven't had the benefit of an experienced centre-back this season after the departure Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic before van Gaal stepped into the Old Trafford hot seat.

The back line has been changed around a fair amount this season with Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all getting opportunities there, along with younger defenders Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett.

There seems to be little doubt that United need reinforcements next season in order to kick on - whether they will have the Champions League to aid their cause in attracting players remains to be seen between now and the end of the season.

One of the things that has made United look a little vulnerable at the back this season is an unsettled back line, and van Gaal will hope that a figure at the heart of the defence can be the catalyst to them tightening up, allowing his side to put in more assured performances. 

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