Manchester United's defence this season has been at its best when comprised of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and that pretty much sums up what a general shambles it's been. Marcos Rojo is still probably our best defender, but nobody's been in really great form all season and an appalling lack of leadership at the back has led to us being, well, not good enough.
So, who can we turn to? Well, for a long time, reports have suggested the man Van Gaal wants to change that state of affairs is Mats Hummels, of relegation-battling minnows Borussia Dortmund. And the good news it that it sounds like he could well be up for it, as he's been hinting to the press.
Those quotes in full, then:
"I have had many conversations with the leaders of Dortmund, where I know I am a big part of the team. But I am yet to make a decision about my future.
"Basically... I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well-being. Eventually, I'd like to leave the Bundesliga."
"I'm being open about this because I'm not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club."