Its been a tough start to the season for Ryan Giggs, and the persistent calls for a midfield overhaul are leaving the Welshmen looking over his shoulder.
The signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton adds another body to the Manchester United midfield, and if David Moyes had had his way then the Belgian wouldn't have been the only arrival.
Bids were made and rejected for Sami Khedira and Ander Herrera, both central midfielders and the desperate pursuit from Moyes might serve as proof that he has lost trust with his most experienced campaigner.
In recent years, Giggs is looking less the wing wizard, rather, a playmaker for the midfield.
However, the calls for the midfield to toughen up and the subsequent arrival of the towering Fellaini could force him out.
He hasn't completed a full 90 minutes this term and had a bad game in the loss to the Red Devils biggest rivals, Liverpool, before being substituted. The usual pinpoint passing fans have become accustomed to bearing witness too was notably well astray.
After an amazing 23 years at Old Trafford, Giggs finally appears to be showing signs of fatigue.
Of course, Giggs isn't the only member of the United midfield that could be replaced. Michael Carrick's place is unlikely to be under threat as he continues to be one of the most consistent midfielders in the world, which leaves only two spots vacant in an ideal three-man midfield
Assuming that Felliani automatically fills one of them, the other will need to be a player with flair and bundles of energy to provide the link between Van Persie, the wingers and the deeper players mentioned.
There's surely one outstanding candidate for that role and that is Wayne Rooney. The Red Devils have worked so hard to keep their English talisman and will want to use him where they feel he is most effective.
Rooney replaced Giggs in the season opener against Swansea and played that exact role, and he picked up two assists in a rousing performance that Giggs simply couldn't provide.
Tom Cleverley's reputation begins to grow and it has become clear that David Moyes, Roy Hodgson and the retired Sir Alex Ferguson see him as someone great to have in the eleven- his legs are over 15 years younger as well.
On top of those two, the clamour of fans on social media to get Shinji Kagawa in the side as a regular is becoming intense.
Its hard to see how much longer Giggs can justify his place in the side for the rest of this season, let alone next. The Welshman is such an icon but it wouldn't be surprising if he follows his previous manager into a glorious retirement this summer.
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