The best options available to help freshen up the Old Trafford midfield.
Despite Manchester United’s Premier League title victory last season, many pundits suggested that the Red Devils midfield was below par. Although Michael Carrick had a good season, he can have off days and is getting into the twilight of his career anyway. With Paul Scholes retiring and Darren Fletcher still having health problems, David Moyes knows that he needs to strengthen his central midfield to get his first season as Manchester United boss off to a good start. Here are five players Moyes should target to improve the clubs midfield this summer.
Christian Eriksen- Ajax
Eriksen has been regarded for many years as one of the best young central midfielders in European football and Ajax manager Frank De Boer has created his team around the young Danish midfielder. Being able to play the perfect pass is one of Eriksen’s strengths and that has helped to make Ajax very easy on the eye. However, his time in the Netherlands looks to be up, with the coach of the Danish national team saying that it is time for the midfielder to leave the Dutch League and test himself in a more competitive country. Eriksen has been constantly linked with a move to the Premier League and Manchester United were known to be monitoring his progress last year. This year, reports have been quiet about United’s interest in Eriksen but that could soon change if the club continue to miss out on some of their more expensive targets.
Liverpool are known to be interested in signing Eriksen, with Brendan Rodgers thinking that the Dane’s style of play will suit his Liverpool team. However, should United enter the race, the Red Devils would have the money to blow Liverpool out of the water and can also offer Eriksen Champions League football, something he won’t get this season if he were to move to Anfield. The Dane only has one year left on his current contract at Ajax and it is unlikely that he will agree to a new one so Ajax are under some pressure to sell the player or risk seeing him leave for free next summer. The Dane could be exactly what United are looking for, a player who is able to control a game and someone who will get better as he gets older and as he gets suited to the Premier League. He could be available for just £15 million, a bargain compared to what United would have to pay for some players.