Manchester United facing a playmaker problem

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With the transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal on Monday, the Gunners have now got a team that could potentially challenge the top of the Premier League table.

Ozil brings passing abilities and vision unrivalled to Arsene Wenger's side, and will almost certainly be the playmaker for the side.

But, have Real Madrid lost their playmaker? In Isco, they seem to have found a fantastic replacement. He played exceptionally well on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao and seems to have settled in to life in the Spanish capital.

But where do these teams sit in the rest of Europe? Madrid's main rivals, Barcelona, have always had great players, but Iniesta is the stand out playmaker. Passing and vision are the two qualities he possesses in abundance.

What about Arsenal's rivals; Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United?

Chelsea have a squad full of talent and with Juan Mata seemingly not starting under Jose Mourinho, the playmaker role is taken brilliantly by Eden Hazard.

The Citizens can undoubtedly rely on either Jesus Navas or David Silva, and Liverpool have a genius in Philippe Coutinho.

But Manchester United seem to be lacking a star in this position. No more Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs to rely on as is previous years. Only Tom Cleverly, who is not the quality the Red Devils need, appears to be available in the mind of David Moyes. 

A poor transfer window seems to leave them as third favourites for the league title, but there is a serious chance they could struggle in all competitions.

Chelsea played a very strong Bayern Munich squad who may even have two playmakers in Robben and Ribery, and came off second best, all be it on penalties. The German giants have every chance of retaining their Champions League title because of their ability to create chances.

It's something United can only dream about at the current time, and a problem they will need to rectify in January.

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