Manchester United manager David Moyes continues to look for new signings to strengthen his midfield as the transfer window approaches its final month.
With new Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino stating that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale, that transfer saga is likely to end in disappointment for United fans.
As Moyes continues to look for other midfielders, one would be forgiven if he missed out on the fact that United already have a number of players including Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Anderson, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher who can ply their trade in that area.
The reason why United are still on the market for midfielders is that all of them except Carrick had a pretty ordinary 2012-13 season, while Fletcher was sidelined with his chronic bowel condition.
But this crisis can also be solved if one of the above mentioned players stepped up their performances.
In the match against Kitchee, Moyes deployed a 4-5-1 formation, with Anderson, Carrick and Cleverley being the three central midfielders.
But Cleverley played with somewhat of a free pass. We saw him go forward to attack, and we also say him drop back to aid the defenders. He even went out to the wings at times.
But this meant that he was almost impossible to track for Kitchee’s defenders, and was a consistent threat to their defensive line. He also started the scoring by putting in an immaculate cross for Chris Smalling, which highlighted his versatile style of play.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United usually played with a classic 4-4-2 or a 4-4-1-1 formation, and Sir Alex refrained from experimenting too much with the positions of the players in the midfield.
But Moyes has a clean slate to start with, and Cleverley’s performance will give him food for thought as to which formation he should deploy once the competitive matches start.
What do you make of Cleverley? Can he become a regular first-team player for United? Have your say below.
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