Manchester United: David Moyes’ midfield dilemma

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Manchester United fans have been crying out for some quality central-midfielders over the past few years and have been pining for a Keane-esque defensive-midfielder who gets stuck in, and a goal-scoring midfielder - similar to Paul Scholes in his earlier career.

The recently retired Sir Alex Ferguson often ignored the shouts to sign a midfielder much to some fans' dismay and has even opted for playing the likes of Wayne Rooney in a deeper position.

Although some signings have been made over the years in central positions, confidence and patience in the likes of Anderson is now running thin and he looks likely to be moved on in the summer.

The Brazilian's fitness and injury problems this year have effectively sealed his fate and it would be a surprise if Anderson wasn’t sold in the summer to attempt to reignite his career at another club. His talent is undeniable but at the age of 24, he is yet to show signs he will reach his evident potential.

United have also been a midfielder short in the past two or three seasons due to the unfortunate illness which has left their energetic midfielder, Darren Fletcher on the sidelines.

The Scot is adored by United fans and is renowned leaving everything he has on the pitch. Something which fans of United feel is an essential characteristic when putting on the prestigious Red Devils jersey. 

However with his debilitating stomach illness, nobody can be sure as to whether he can return, and more importantly return to the same level which we have been accustomed to seeing.

Add this to the fact their near 40-year-old Welsh-wizard Ryan Giggs is in his twilight years as a top flight professional, their midfield is looking rather sparse.

However, Ferguson has often emphasised the importance placed on the development of their young players and enforces it is something which has been instrumental to their success. He also believes carrying this tradition on is a necessity for any future aspirations new manager David Moyes has in terms of future silverware.

Therefore, maybe the solution isn’t splashing the cash on a marquee central midfielder such as the recently touted Cesc Fabregas, or Marouane Fellaini who has enjoyed a successful few season under David Moyes. 

Maybe the solution is to dip into the youth talent pool and allow certain players to step up to the plate just as Scholes, Giggs and Beckham did in 1993.

There are quite a few midfield prospects which have to be considered when David Moyes assesses Manchester United’s central midfield.

Talents such as Adnan Januzaj and Larnell Cole are both highly adaptable and are capable of playing central or out wide. Young talents formally hailed by Sir Alex such as the 21-year-olds Davide Petrucci and Ryan Tunnacliffe could also be ready to make the step forward and attempt to fill the incredibly large football boots left behind by the likes of Paul Scholes.

Maybe he shouldn’t be looking to spend big, however you do have to bare in mind - a big signing could ease some fans concerns with the appointment of Moyes as Ferguson’s successor, and could also dispel the idea Moyes may not be able to attract the top players to Old Trafford.


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