Manchester United fans are not feeling as bright as they have been in recent weeks here in the Football Transfer Tavern.
Perhaps because so many rival supporters have been quick to point out Louis van Gaal now holds an identical points tally to the one David Moyes had after 21 games at Old Trafford despite having spent £150 million more than his predecessor.
Sunday’s defeat at home to Southampton came as a shock given the way United had enjoyed a decent Christmas period and the talk from van Gaal had been about mounting a surprise title challenge during the second half of the season.
But Sunday’s match proved something of a reality check and as expected, the second half of the season will be about solidifying that place in the top four.
Perhaps something that would go some way to cheering United fans up is another big money signing as has been the case for the past 12 months.
With Chelsea representing stiff competition, Roma’s Kevin Strootman has also long been linked with a £30 million move to Old Trafford by sources such as The Mirror but it appears talk surrounding the Dutchman has gone a little quiet of late.
It is clear United are in need of a defensive midfielder so here we have identified five alternatives to the Roma star for van Gaal to take a look at this month.
Click on Kevin Strootman to reveal 5 alternatives for Manchester United to consider.
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