Manchester United have stepped up their bid to replace departed veteran defenders Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.

The Old Trafford Club are on the verge of signing Argentina defender Marcos Rojo and £15m rated Ajax utility player Daley Blind, with £80million waiting to be splashed.

Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal signed Luke Shaw this summer from Southampton for £27m, but the 19-year-old left-back has been struggling with fitness, and was left out of United’s 2-1 win over Valencia on Tuesday night.

Perhaps the reason the Dutchman has intensified effort in bringing in capable back-ups, and if 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon left-back, Rojo, comes in this summer, Shaw’s future at the club might be under threat.

Rojo has reportedly handed in a transfer request in an attempt to bulldoze his way to the Premier League giants. He also refused to train with his Lisbon team-mates on Tuesday.

Blind meanwhile, has expressed reservations about whether he is physically suited to the frenetic nature of English football. He has unswerving faith in his former national coach Van Gaal though, and we can only keep our fingers crossed in the coming days to see if the 24-year-old can make a switch to United.

Also, United have revived their interest in £50million-rated Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria as they look to turn themselves into title contenders and rewrite the wrongs of last season where they finished seventh.

Allsoccerplanet gathered that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was in Cardiff for the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla last night, for talks with Madrid for the transfer of 26-year-old Argentinian winger Di Maria, considered by United manager Van Gaal as “one of the best” in the world.

A player Van Gaal’s predecessors – Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes attempted to sign.

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