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Man Utd consider re-signing Ryan Shawcross

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Ryan Shawcross playing for Man Utd in a pre-season friendly in 2007. Credit: PA

Manchester United are giving serious thought to bringing former defender Ryan Shawcross back to Old Trafford.

The Stoke City skipper started his senior playing career at United in 2006 but didn't quite make the grade and left for Stoke a couple of seasons later.

But with little sign of United's defensive troubles easing, they may try to buy their old boy back. So says the Daily Star.

Transfer rumour: Man Utd and Arsenal vie for Vlaar

Vlaar
The hardest footballer ever to wear a cardigan? Credit: PA

Manchester United want to use Aston Villa centre-back Ron 'Roncrete' Vlaar – who was very impressive for the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup – to fill the leaky hole at the heart of their defence.

So do Arsenal, but Louis van Gaal knows Vlaar personally of course, so United are considered the red-hot favourites to seal the deal.

According to the Express, Villa have priced their captain at £12m.

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