Man United transfers: ‘Defensive reinforcements the priority’

Bryan Robson believes that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal should prioritise defensive signings this summer

Louis van Gaal is to take over at United this week Photo: Fifa

Bryan Robson believes that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal should prioritise defensive signings ahead of next season.

The Red Devils are looking to strengthen their rearguard following the departure of veteran duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand this summer.

And former United captain Robson feels that Van Gaal must focus on bringing in defensive reinforcements in the coming weeks after they conceded 43 goals last season.

Robson told the Daily Mirror: “When I look at us, I just think losing Nemanja and Rio and conceding goals last year means can we get a really good centre-half? I think that’s more important than a central midfield player at this moment in time.

“When you look back, we’ve nearly always had a really dominant player who is brilliant in the air and an organiser. If you go back, we’ve had Rio, Nemanja, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister and Jaap Stam.

“We’ve always had a centre-half who is as good as any player aerially, talks to people and is a leader.

“I feel we need that type of centre-half to improve the team. I can definitely see another couple of players coming into the club.”

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