Manchester United boss David Moyes has admitted on several occasions that signing a central midfielder over the summer was one of his main priorities.

The former Everton boss brought in Marouane Fellaini for £27.5million to fill the void left by Paul Scholes, following the veteran's decision to retire from professional football.

However I think Daniele De Rossi should have been United's number one summer target.

Manchester United have struggled this season because they are missing a bit of Roy Keane-esque bite in midfield.

Michael Carrick is in the side for his fantastic passing ability but he needs a tough man, who regularly wins back possession for his side, next to him.

Moyes's side were torn apart by Manchester City's Yaya Toure, as Fellaini failed to win his personal battle with the Ivorian international.

United were also cut apart by West Brom - on their own turf - due to the Premier League champions' weakness throughout the spine of their team.

Red Devils centre-back Rio Ferdinand was blamed for West Brom's first goal - but he did not receive any protection from United's two defensive midfielders, who were Carrick and Anderson.

It begs the question - would United be conceding so many sloppy goals if they had De Rossi in their ranks?

After six Serie A games, De Rossi's Roma are sitting top of the league and have conceded just one league goal so far this season and he has not missed a minute of his side's impressive start to the campaign.

Moyes was said to have bid £10m for the Roma star after asking former England boss Fabio Capello if he should sign the 30-year-old.

The Italian maestro has it all. He is a big presence in the midfield and would have provided the protection that the likes of Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have been crying out for since the departure of Owen Hargreaves.

At 30-years-old, De Rossi may not have been the long-term solution for Manchester United's midfield problems - but he would have been a far better buy than Fellaini and at only half the price.

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