Manchester United's want for a new midfielder has been highly publicised if they want to regain the Premier League title this season.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have been irreplaceable for the Red Devils over the past decade, so irreplaceable that they still haven't been replaced.
Now Scholes has retired for good, the need for a midfielder is at the top of David Moyes's summer wish list.
After seeing their attempts to sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona fall through, Manchester United and Moyes seemingly turned their attention to Cesc Fabregas.
But, after seeing two bids of up to £30million rejected by the Catalan club, it now seems unlikely that Fabregas will be coming to Old Trafford.
Speaking to the BBC, Moyes appeared unsure of whether a third bid will be made for the Spain international.
"I couldn't tell you if there will be another bid [for Fabregas]," he said. "I never at any time said I knew we would get him. We will take stock and consider what we are going to do next."
Moyes and United will now need to go back to the drawing board if they want to find a replacement for Scholes. However, the question remains whether they really need to strengthen the current squad? The simple answer is No.
Last year Manchester United won the title by 11 points with the exact same squad as they have now. Yes, a midfielder would be a great coup for the reigning Premier league champions but it's not a necessity.
In Michael Carrick, United have the best passer in the Premier League, and one of the most consistent players in recent years. In addition, Shinji Kagawa - a player who is yet to show the talent which saw him net 21 goals in 49 appearances at Borussia Dortmund.
If he can rekindle that form, Kagawa could be a key part of Manchester United's title challenge this season, and if Moyes can convince Wayne Rooney to stay, his midfield options suddenly don't look so bad.
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