Manchester United's main problem is in midfield. It was identified by fans for years as the weak link in a formidable line up, yet mostly overlooked by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Although Anderson and Tom Cleverley seemed to have bags of potential, neither has shown the kind of form which brought them into the United first team. Michael Carrick has finally been rewarded and to an extent acknowledged for his fine work in midfield but the Red Devils are still missing that superstar in the middle of the park.
But could that midfield maestro they have been looking for for so long have already signed? Enter Shinji Kagawa, the Japanese international that was chosen instead of Eden Hazard to be the link between midfield and attack. His record at Borussia Dortmund speaks for itself and the season he left he was without question one of the top three players in that league. But why has he so far underperformed at Old Trafford?
The answer is actually very straight forward. For years United have played a standard 4-4-2 formation or a 4-4-1-1 with two wingers. The success it has brought them is evident but the game is evolving with the arrival of players in England such as David Silva, Oscar and Kagawa.
These types of players thrive on playing just behind the main striker. Indeed, this is what happened at Dortmund with Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski firing Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles in a row. If Kagawa was given that sort of opportunity to play behind Robin van Persie, they would become unstoppable.
Kagawa can do more than just give assists though, as he is the type of midfielder that can score twenty goals per season. We saw what happened when Kagawa played through the middle once in the Premier League as he bagged a hat-trick against Norwich with some really good goals, so why keep playing him on the wing?
The search for a new midfielder is still underway at Old Trafford, but is it worth paying top dollar for a brand new player if you are planning on playing him out of position and then complaining?
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