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first_img Thomas Vermaelen and Wayne Rooney could be playing for the same team next season Manchester United have already made a significant number of moves in the summer transfer market, and the next player who looks likely to join the Old Trafford outfit is Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian is no longer first choice with the Gunners, so from his perspective a switch makes sense, but is that also the case for United? talkSPORT compares him to United’s other main central defensive options, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling…PassingLouis van Gaal likes his defenders to be able to play out from the back, and in that regard Vermaelen is a minor upgrade on United’s current options. The Belgian has completed 89 per cent of all attempted passes over the course of the last two Premier League seasons, more then Chris Smalling (83 per cent), Phil Jones (87 per cent) and Jonny Evans (87 per cent). United fans could breathe easy if David de Gea chooses to ask the Belgian to receive the ball on the edge of his area and initiate an attack, therefore.DisciplineVermaelen isn’t likely to miss many games through suspension, if any at all. The Belgian has picked up just two yellow cards in total over the last two Premier League seasons, which, when compared to the nine picked up by Jones, is quite a statement. He also conceded fewer fouls (16) than Jones (43), Smalling (25) and Evans (26) over the same two seasons, so he isn’t likely to dive in, which could be another reason for Van Gaal’s interest.TacklingIt could be argued that Vermaelen is a touch too reticent to make a challenge, however. With 57 tackles made over the last two Premier League seasons, he has managed less than all of the United players we looked at. For comparison, Smalling made 58, Evans made 60 and Jones made 88. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing of course, provided the Belgian’s positional awareness is strong enough to mean he rarely resorts to tackling, making a high number of interceptions instead, but is that the case?InterceptionsUnfortunately, it isn’t. With 66 interceptions over the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Premier League seasons combined, Smalling, with 43, is the only United defender Vermaelen made more interceptions than. Evans and Phil Jones – 72 and 87 respectively – both managed to intercept more opposition balls, suggesting the Arsenal man isn’t an upgrade in that capacity.Other areas of noteVermaelen hasn’t exactly excelled in a few other areas either. He managed to block fewer shots (20) than all of the United centre backs, with Jones managing 21, Smalling 26 and Evans 32. In terms of his attacking quality he also lags behind, with 10 chances created over the course of two seasons compared to 23 from Jones and 13 from Smalling. He did however come out better than Evans in that area, with the Northern Irishman only creating five chances.talkSPORT verdictThomas Vermaelen has his good and bad points as a defender. He would offer Manchester United excellent discipline, as well as quality when building from the back, but at the same time, his tackling and positioning aren’t necessarily better than what the Red Devils currently have, according to the numbers at least. However, when analysing the possibility of him signing it’s always worth keeping in mind the fact that quality central defenders are incredibly difficult to find this summer, with most of the top sides in Europe looking for a good centre back. The opportunity to bring in a defender with Champions League and Premier League experience could simply be too good to ignore for Louis van Gaal, therefore.United fans, would you like to see the club sign Vermaelen? Let us know below… 1last_img read more