Manchester United Semi-Reserves 1-0 loss against FC Copenhagen suggests they might be lacking a bit of depth, particularly in midfield. Despite their excellent Premiership form (typified by the beating they gave Bolton last weekend) and until now decent Champions League form, they donâ€™t compare so well to their rivals in midfield.
Chelsea have about ten teams worth of players, Arsenal have plenty (mostly foreign) mids to choose from – plus Theo Walcott – and Liverpool have so many Rafa Benitez didnâ€™t know what to do with them until recently.
While United have plenty of keepers (enough to loan out to half the Prem), a well stocked defence, and Solskjaer, Smith and Rossi (when he returns from Newcastle in January) to back up Saha and Rooney, the midfield talent pool looks about as deep as Coldplayâ€™s lyrics.
Fergie must be the only man in England convinced that John Oâ€™Shea is a central midfielder. Kieran Richardson is the poor manâ€™s Stewart Downing and while Darren Fletcherâ€™s decent heâ€™s never going to be a worldbeater. Last night he wasnâ€™t even an FC Copenhagen beater. Itâ€™s all about Paul Scholes. The international-shy redhead looks the business this year, but as Unitedâ€™s only viable attacking centre mid you have to worry about Fergieâ€™s men should something happen him. Expect some Old Trafford transfer window action come January.