The new era at Manchester United officially began on July 1.

It was strange to see David Moyes face the media for the first time as United manager on Friday - and not the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

Moyes faces many challenges heading into his new role, not least deciding which players should be sold. The likes of Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young failed to have any effect last season, while Wilfried Zaha is also due to start training with the club, so someone will have to leave.

However Moyes needs to look at his options in central midfield and decide who is the natural back-up to Michael Carrick.

Carrick is the only defensive-minded midfielder in the squad as Darren Fletcher is yet to return from illness. Anderson and Tom Cleverley are not defensive-minded midfielders as it seems they work from box-to-box, while Carrick just sits in front of the defense providing a shield.

Carrick made 34 starts in the Premier League and also two substitute appearances. He also made five Champions League starts and 5 FA Cup appearances. He is the player who has played the most games for Manchester United for the last three or four seasons along with Patrice Evra - and at age 31 he is not getting any younger.

United definitely need another defensive-minded midfielder to help shoulder the burden. This will surely give Carrick some much-needed rest and could help prolong his career at Old Trafford.

Kevin Strootman of PSV has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for about two years now, but now is the time United need him more that ever. He is the ideal candidate for this position with his dominant presence in midfield along with his tough tackling, technique, vision and distribution of the ball.

He is also the current vice-captain of the Netherlands national team and is seen as a leader on and off the pitch. At the age of just 23 he is the type of player the Red Devils normally go for and he will cost no more than £20m.

Moyes has mentioned he will try to win all competitions and so he will need a big squad, and Strootman can play a big role should he make the move to Old Trafford. He is a versatile player so he will be a huge signing for Moyes and will surely add some much-needed steel in United's midfield as well as the depth and quality to really challenge Europe's best teams in the Champions League.

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