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Man United Should Go For These TWO Defenders Instead if De Ligt Rejects Summer Move

Ajax centre back Matthijs De Ligt has rejected a 60 million summer move to Old Trafford, just at the time reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his first attempt to rebuild United's broken defence.

Ajax centre back Matthijs De Ligt has been rumoured to have rejected a 60 million summer move to Old Trafford, just at the time reds boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his first attempt to rebuild United’s broken defence.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield ended their hopes of a top-four finish meaning for the fourth time since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the Old Trafford hot seat, United won’t be playing in Champions League next season.

De Ligt’s Old Trafford snub means that Ole will have to turn to his Plan B options in defence. But who could they be for United as they look to rebuild their squad this summer?

We take a look below…

Harry Maguire

Perhaps not so much a left field option for United, but Maguire will know of the Reds interest, particularly after last summers wild attempt to steal the Englishmen from Leicester City.

Maguire looked the part on Monday night at the Etihad as his side were narrowly defeated 1-0 by reigning Champions Manchester City. This move would be seen as an upgrade for the Foxes men, particularly as Leicester don’t play Champions League or any European football. However, potentially having to go higher than the 75m bid last season, could put the Red Devils off. Whether Maguire would leave this new and exciting Brendan Rodgers project at the 2016 champions could be very doubtful.

Ben Godfrey

The Norwich man has already appeared on www.thefootballmancave.com site before as a potential United signing. Ex-player Rio Ferdinand has already called for club officials to make a move on Godfrey this summer.

The 21-year-old is believed to have sounded a move away from Carrow Road and United could be an offer impossible to turn down. A young British defender with great potential, he hasn’t missed a minute of Championship action since December.

However, whereas with Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, United wouldn’t be signing proven talent at the top level. This approach to the transfer market mirrors signings of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones back in 2010 and 2011. This is something Solskjaer will have to consider. Whether signing proven world-class talent or younger players blessed with potential.

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