Manchester United Transfer News: Fergie Eyes Defensive Duo

By on January 28, 2013

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Man Utd eye defensive pair.

Angelo Ogbonna

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay and Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna as potential replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, according to the Mirror.

Ferdinand and Vidic have been the bedrock of United’s success in recent years but the pair aren’t getting any younger and there are doubts over the long-term futures of both defenders. 34-year-old Ferdinand is yet to agree a new contract while there are increasing doubts over the long-term fitness of 31-year-old Vidic after two serious knee injuries, so the Mirror claim Ferguson is planning for life without the duo.

The report names Benfic’a Garay and Torino’s Ogbonna as his two top targets with the United boss understood to have had both scouted on several occasions already this season.

Garay is a 26-year-old Argentina international centre-back who has excelled in Portugal after three unsuccessful years with Real Madrid, and the 6 foot 4 inch defender has been a major factor in Benfica’s march to the top of the league this season.

Ogbonna is a 24-year-old Italian international who has spent his entire professional career at Torino and broke into the first team in 2007. However, he has really found his form over the last 18 months and has been earning rave reviews in Serie A.

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A manager of Sir Alex Ferguson’s experience knows the importance of planning ahead so it’s no surprise he’s already eyeing replacements for Vidic and Ferdinand. Garay and Ogbonna would be two excellent candidates but they’ll have big shoes to fill if they do make the move to Old Trafford, that’s for cure.

Would United fans be happy to see Garay and Ogbonna replace Vidic and Ferdinand? Get involved in the comments section below.

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10 Comments

  1. vagesh

    January 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    no. vidic and ferdinand are fantastic defenders . They are doing very well. I fancy them. (vagesh) singapore.

  2. josef

    January 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    i believe they’d got a lot to offer let them come

  3. Itoro emmanuel

    January 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    It will be a big blow for united to miss they defence mastero.but with time they will fit in

  4. Chudic

    January 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    What about Smalling, jones, Evans, Wooton and Keane. Hasn’t any of them shown enough quality to replace Ferdinand & Vidic?

  5. Canadian Chris

    January 28, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    A spinning door could be better than Ferdinand. He’s been so over rtaed for so long. Even last week Ferdinand missed the bullet when he forgot to mark Dempsey. The last of so many goals that Ferdinand has been responsible for. Vidic is a different story. He’s top draw. His problem is his knees.
    So it should be out with the old and in with the new.

  6. Canadian Chris

    January 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    A spinning door would be better than Ferdinand. He’s been so over rated for so long. Even last week Ferdinand missed the bullet when he forgot to mark Dempsey. The last of so many goals that Ferdinand has been responsible for. Vidic is a different story. He’s top draw. His problem is his knees.
    So it should be out with the old and in with the new.

  7. charles

    January 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    wat of smallin and others are the not gud enough 2 replace dem i tink we should giv dem time and others asenle and chelsea as de do pls sir buy dem 2 and change nani and young

  8. charles

    January 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    wat of smallin and others are the not gud enough 2 replace dem i tink we should buy den 2 sir shold buy any other palyer and change nani and young pls

  9. Gift Ligomeka

    January 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Let jones and smalling get their form form by giving them more games they r capable 2 replace the veterans,remember,last season smalling took agreat responsibility 4 the injured ones.

  10. Gift Ligomeka

    January 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Let jones and smalling get their form by giving them more games they r capable 2 replace the veterans,remember,last season smalling took agreat responsibility 4 the injured ones.

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