Manchester United: Thiago alternatives
After Manchester United's reported target Thiago joined Bayern Munich - which midfielder would make the best alternative?
Now that Thiago Alcantara has joined Bayern Munich, David Moyes must now look elswhere in order to strengthen his midfield at Manchester United.
Here I analyse the potential targets and what they would bring to Manchester United:
As of today, reports have suggested that Manchester United have made a bid for the ex-Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas.
And in his two years since leaving the Guners, to join his boyhood club Barcelona, Cesc has scored 29 goals and assisted a further 32, so in that sense, he would pose a real threat from midfield.
Comfortable as playing as a central midfielder and further forward, Cesc would provide creativity and the option of pushing him further forward if necessary.
Having played in the Premier League with Arsenal for eight seasons and amassing a total of 212 league games, it is safe to say he has a good knowledge of the league.
A potential issue with this transfer is that he is at his boyhood club and, although not a regular starter, it seems that he would be unwilling to leave now, especially as Xavi isn’t getting any younger and the recent departure of Thiago. In addition, he might not want to betray Arsenal by joining a rival and the fact they have first refusal on him complicates any potential deal.
In his four seasons in England with Tottenham, he managed 17 goals and 26 assists. This form attracted the attention of Real Madrid, but after a mediocre first season in Spain plus the summer additions of Isco and Illarramendi and Carlo Ancelotti may see him as disposable.
At 27 he is a player entering the prime of his career and being very comfortable in possession, he would complement Michael Carrick well in the middle of the park as a midfield metronome.
Standing at over 194 cm, Fellaini is an imposing presence in the centre of midfield. He is tough in the tackle, formidable in the air and can both create and score goals. The only downside to the big Belgian is his temperament, as he is prone to a booking or two.
Moyes knows him well from his time at Everton and was willing to break Everton’s record transfer for the Belgian back in 2008, so Moyes clearly rates him highly.
Since Roy Keane left in 2005, United have lacked a physical presence, something which Fellaini would definitely fill. Although not a blockbuster signing, the big Belgian would be able to help out in both a defensive and offensive capacity to great effect.
Marchisio is a box-to-box midfielder primarily and is known for his stamina and technique. He is strong in the tackle, but is equally adept at creating chances and has a good shot on him. Standing at around 180 cm, he is the perfect height to be effective on both the ground and in the air.
Having come up the youth academy at Juventus he has managed 28 goals and 23 assists for the club in 213 appearances.
Marchisio is an all-round quality midfielder and would perfectly suit the position alongside Carrick having operated in the same team as Andrea Pirlo for the last two seasons.
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