How Toni Kroos could have transformed Manchester United’s midfield

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal‘s decision to pull the plug on a move for Toni Kroos is one that raised a few eyebrows given United’s yearning for a player of his ilk and as his performances in the World Cup have shown, he’d be a magnificent signing for Manchester United.

Against Brazil in the semi-final, Kroos put in a man of the match performance with two goals from three shots and an assist with an overall passing accuracy of 93%. It’s not just that performance as Kroos was fantastic last season but it was a perfect example of how good he can be on his day.

Jason Burt from The Telegraph made the point that Van Gaal has missed a trick in not pursuing Kroos and he has plenty of valid reasons to argue that.

One look at a potential United XI next season with Kroos at the heart of the midfield shows just how good a signing he could be.

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Kroos staying slightly deeper behind Ander Herrera and a partner, be it Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney or Shinji Kagawa, would be the strongest midfield that United have had in years but Real Madrid are now the frontrunners for Kroos.

At a reported £20m, Kroos would be great value for money and United will have to fork out a lot more than that for Vidal or somebody else at Kroos’ level.

Should United manage to secure the signing of Arturo Vidal, missing out on Kroos could simply become a distant memory but were we to miss out on the Chilean, it could be a decision that comes back to haunt us.

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