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Manchester United: Who will partner Michael Carrick?

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After one of his best seasons to date, Michael Carrick looks like a certain starter for Manchester United in the coming season.

But after unsuccessfully being paired with a number of players in the last season, David Moyes might look to bring in new recruits to strengthen his midfield.

We take a look at the players who could be partnering Carrick this year:

Tom Cleverley

He was once touted as the future of Manchester United’s midfield, but was kept on the bench for the majority of the latter part of the season.

Inability to hold the ball for long or play those immaculate passes meant that Cleverley's appearances were restricted. 

The likes of Phil Jones and Anderson were preferred over him and he is unlikely to win back his starting place unless he undergoes some radical changes.

Thiago Alcantara | Barcelona

Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Spanish midfielder throughout the summer and he could be a perfect signing for Moyes.

Possessing the creative flair similar to that of Manchester United legend Scholes, he would fit seamlessly at the club. 

His arrival would also ease up the pressure on Carrick, who would have some of his playmaker duties taken off his shoulders.

Kevin Strootman | PSV

The Dutch vice-captain is likely to leave PSV this summer, with Manchester United favourites to sign him. 

Being a box-to-box player, Strootman holds the ball well and hardly loses possession. 

He has a terrific level of stamina, going forward with the team on every attack but also falling back and providing the defence with the extra bit of cover. 

If played alongside Carrick, it would allow Carrick to stay up front for longer and excel in the playmaker role, which he did for large parts of the previous season.

Anderson and Shinji Kagawa were also tried out last season, but they could not quite gel up with Carrick in the midfield. 

But with everyone starting with a cleansheet under Moyes, the starting line-up could be quite different come August.

 

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