Manchester United don't need to splash in the January sales
Manchester United should be wary before looking to shop into the January sales
With big clubs like Manchester United, there are always rumours regarding one player or another. This season has been no different. From Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric to Cristiano Ronaldo, many midfielders have been linked to an Old Trafford move this season.
Many pundits and fans are debating which midfielder is the most suitable for United at this stage. However, a more pressing question is, do they need a new midfielder at all?
Manchester United's current squad has a great depth in the central midfield position. Even without Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, there are Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Darren Fletcher, Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell who are all talented players.
The Cleverley-Carrick partnership in the middle of the park has worked quite effectively for United in recent games. Anderson was in superb form before he got sidelined with injury, and Shinji Kagawa's talent is highlighted by the role he played at Borussia Dortmund to help them claim the Bundesliga title.
In Nick Powell, United have a promising young talent who looks likes he is ready to blossom into the league's best player.
Manchester United seem to have a great variety in the midfield department. They have midfielders that can hold on to the ball, distribute with precision, attack with vision and link-up with the forwards superbly. Their one concern however, lies in helping the defenders protect their goalkeeper.
One of the reasons that United have had so few clean sheets this season is that the midfielders have been not as helpful to the defenders as they have been to the forwards. And so it does not come to us as a surprise that defensive-minded midfielders like Victor Wanyama and Kevin Strootman are linked to a United move.
Now Sir Alex has firmly stated that he will not be looking to employ a defensive midfielder in the squad, but Strootman may still be snapped up because he can do much more than defend.
United have not been great in the wide areas this season, considering the threat they used to carry in the flanks. Antonio Valencia, the Manchester United layer of the season last time, is not in form, and Ashley Young has not been great either.
Luis Nani was totally inconsistent before he went down with injury. United could move for a winger in the summer- perhaps James Rodriguez or Wilfred Zaha.
However, it is not whether United will purchase new wingers that is the subject of our discussion, it's whether they need to purchase one. The current wingers in the team are more than up to the task of delivering great crosses at crucial times.
We are looking at a situation where all three of them have seen their form drop off, and Sir Alex has had to employ veteran Ryan Giggs at the left flank at times.
This is bad, because United's traditional and most effective form of attack has been a speedy forward drive through the wide areas, and they have had some great wingers over the years. So United might want to add at least one more winger to their squad.
But other than that, United need not shell out tons of money on a player who is not even required in the team. Besides diminishing the clubs resources for any need that might arise in the future, adding another midfielder will hamper the development of the young players in the squad.