Forget James - why United should target this Colombian World Cup wonder instead

Colombia have impressed massively at the World Cup this summer, and Manchester United will no doubt be watching.

Tipped as many people's dark horses for the World Cup this summer, Colombia suffered a major blow when talismanic striker Falcao was ruled out of the tournament having failed to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury in time, but they have been able to impress regardless.

Their opening game in Brazil saw them sweep Greece aside in a superb 3-0 victory, whilst they also saw off Ivory Coast on Thursday to take a commanding lead at the top of Group C. Jose Pekerman's side have dazzled with their free flowing attacking football, as well as their creative goal celebrations.

In the absence of Falcao, midfield players have had to step up to add to the goal threat. Abel Aguilar and Carlos Sanchez have formed a strong partnership in front of the back four, allowing Colombia's creative players to get involved in the final third - and they have done to great effect.

Playmaker James Rodriguez has long been linked with a move to Manchester United ever since his days at Porto, and he has already impressed with his dribbling and creativity, whilst he's also added two goals in the competition so far. On the right hand side, Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado has arguably been one of the stars of the World Cup so far, with his blistering pace causing no end of problems for opposing defences.

Both players have been linked with moves to Old Trafford, but one player appears to be a much better fit for Louis van Gaal's Red Devils. Rodriguez is a left footed playmaker who loves to work in behind the striker by coming in off the flanks - a role already fulfilled by Juan Mata.

Instead, van Gaal must look to give United an injection of pace, which has become even clearer after seeing Arjen Robben's devastating displays for his Holland side. United often lacked that spark out wide as the likes of Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia continued to disappoint - and after seeing his outstanding performances in Brazil, van Gaal must make a move for Fiorentina star Cuadrado to add a new dimension to the United attack.

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