Manchester United had agreed a deal to bring Toni Kroos to Old Trafford prior to his move to Real Madrid, according to reports.
The 24-year-old midfielder was considered to be David Moyes’ top target who he was confident of signing but that was before the Scot was sacked after a terrible first season.
Given how well Kroos had performed over the season despite relatively limited opportunities and how he performed for Germany in their World Cup winning campaign, at the time United fans felt aggrieved to have missed out on Kroos.
Instead of signing Kroos, Van Gaal brought in Daley Blind to play in a holding central midfield role and Ander Herrera to play more in the Kroos role of being a forward thinking midfielder. Of course, Angel di Maria has also been used as an attacking central midfielder since his arrival at Old Trafford.
The question to ask now is whether or not United would be in a better position in the league had Kroos joined in the summer?
United’s problem so far this season has been more about the lack of consistency in defence rather than midfield, although Kroos would have added a touch of world class akin to Di Maria.
Van Gaal’s prerogative now is not to bring in another central midfielder but to strengthen up a defence which has been startling poor and bring it to the same standard as United’s attack which now boasts some of the world’s best players.