A collection of top talents who could help add balance to Old Trafford squad.
Manchester United need to fill situation vacant in central midfield
Sir Alex Ferguson lacks a driving force behind his star-studded forward line and he may try to buy the missing link in January
United lack a natural performer who is at ease in either penalty area and with the drive to carry him and the team forward. This “hole” can be traced back to Roy Keane’s departure in 2005. Previously United’s success had been based on a central pair who bossed opponents and team-mates around. Bryan Robson, Keane, Paul Ince, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes embodied Sir Alex Ferguson’s belief that harnessing a pair of box-to-box midfielders was the path to control and trophies.
In an interview with The Observer last year Scholes said: “I always feel that, if you’ve got two in midfield and one goes forward, the other one stays; it’s as simple as that. That’s the way we played for a long time” – but not in recent campaigns.
With this correct reading of the situation in Man United’s midfield, here are ten players who could well help fill the void.
Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
The Man United boss could look to take advantage of the lean spell Inter Milan have found themselves in, the Nerazzurri finishing last term in sixth spot and in the process missing out on a Champions League berth.
The Inter Milan playmaker may feel the time is right to consider a move away from the San Siro and by January he will be able to judge on how much of an improvement life under young boss Andrea Stramaccioni has proved.
Wesley Sneijder was signed by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2009 and in his first season at the club he helped the Italian giants to a treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League successes but life at Inter Milan has somewhat nosedived since the ‘Special One’ left for Real Madrid.