Man United transfers: Louis van Gaal needs centre-half leader, says David May

Manchester United need to sign a commanding defender in the summer, David May tells The Sport Review

Louis van Gaal needs to add a defensive leader to his Manchester United squad in the summer transfer window, according to David May.

The United manager has struggled to find any sort of consistency at the back this season following regular injuries to centre-halves Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.

The injury crisis hasn’t helped the 20-time English champions adjust to the departures of experienced trio Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic last summer.

May, who won three Premier League titles during his Old Trafford career, urged Van Gaal to strengthen his defence with a commanding centre-half amid reports of interest in Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels.

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Clayton Blackmore

“If we’re going to progress, we need a leader at the back, someone who’s going to play week in and week out,” May told The Sport Review.

“The likes of Johnny and Chris Smalling, Phil Jones always seem to be getting injured, so you need somebody who’s going to be there for the long haul and one of those three players I’ve just mentioned will play alongside him.”

Retired Wales international Clayton Blackmore agreed with May’s suggested recruitment for the Red Devils, adding: “We’ve got a lot of inexperience at the back, especially in the centre-back area. The average age could be 20, so we need to bring in a big, strong centre-half, a midfielder and maybe a wide player.”

Former Red Devils midfielder Blackmore warned United supporters that they must be patient with the likes of Jones and Smalling after Ferdinand and Vidic left on free transfers last summer.

“Liverpool are moaning about losing Steven Gerrard, but we lost four players with 20-30 Premier Leagues and six to eight Champions Leagues between them,” Blackmore continued.

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“They were top players and now we’ve got a lot of young players playing at the back and there’s a lot of pressure on them at a very young age. We’ve got to give them a little bit more time to improved.”

United face Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

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