Dutch duo who could immediately replace Vidic and Ferdinand at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

The gaping hole in the centre of Manchester United’s defence left by the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic has left us in need of at least one new centre back this summer.

Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are all injury prone and none has really staked their claim to being a guaranteed starter next season under Louis van Gaal. If any of them got injured during the season, which they would, we’d be left with a potential injury crisis.

United have been linked with a host of defenders but Van Gaal may look to his Holland squad where he could buy one of Bruno Martins Indi or Stefan De Vrij to bolster United’s defence, or even both.

The duo played a key role in a very impressive season for Feyenoord who have qualified for the Champions League after a two year absence.

On their way to a second place finish, Martins Indi and De Vrij helped Feyenoord to ten clean sheets including a spell where the Rotterdam outfit only conceded three goals in eight matches.

Both aged 22, their impressive performances have seen them become a key part of a youthful Netherlands side and they have 20 caps between them since their debut in 2012.

More emphasis will be put on the youngsters this summer as Van Gaal has been forced to adopt a 5-3-2 formation due to the loss of key midfielder Kevin Strootman and as they are used to a 4-3-3 formation at both club and international level, it will be interesting to see how they adapt with having to play with a new strategy.

With Van Gaal having an expert knowledge of the Dutch squad, it has been no surprise to see that many of their players have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Martins Indi is adept at playing both left back and centre back, so his versatility could make him an even more appealing prospect. If a ready made centre back partnership he knows is what Van Gaal wants, he could do worse than signing De Vrij and Martins Indi.

Both players are only 22 so they have at least ten years of football left at the highest level and the fact they have had years at the academy and the first team playing with each other means they know each others pros and cons.

Equally, they both seem very adept defenders in their own right and, in a manner befitting a Van Gaal side, are excellent at passing the ball out from the back, something which Van Gaal will look to adopt at Old Trafford (Martins Indi had a successful passing accuracy of 86% last season whilst De Vrij had a success rate of 87%).

There’s no guarantee that Van Gaal will make defensive signings this summer but it would be a surprise if no reinforcements came in.

Do you think Van Gaal should look at signing De Vrij and Martins Indi?

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