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Why Manchester United need an international midfield star

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The international break is a time for concern and worry for most of the top clubs in the world. 

Club managers give their trust to national managers, hoping and praying their prize assets don't return injured or fatigued. 

For Premier League champions Manchester United this is exactly the scenario they are familiar with. 

But it would take you a while to locate the international status of their current star midfielder because to be honest - they don't have one. 

Out of 12 first team midfielders in the United squad this season only half are currently with their country's first-team squad. 

Anderson (Brazil) and Ashley Young (England) were not selected for their nation, with Ryan Giggs (retired), Darren Fletcher (injured) and Adnan Januzaj (Unavailable) also remaining at the Carrington training ground. Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile joined up with the England U21 side.

This season United have the weakest array of midfielders out of last season's top four clubs.

Each of their rivals have at least one 'star' international midfielder, if not more. 

Chelsea have Spain's Juan Mata, Arsenal have Germany's Mesut Ozil and Manchester City have Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and David Silva to name just a few. 

United's failed attempts in their pursuit of Barcelona and former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas is going to be the key reason behind any of their failures this season i believe. 

At the time of the rumours Manchester United fans would have been fair to say that they didn't believe the capture of the Spain star was possible, mainly due to the fact he is an important player at the Nou Camp. 

But after Arsenal's acquisition of Ozil, an apparent important player for Real Madrid, the United fans may now look back and think the possibility of Fabregas moving to Old Trafford was real. 

It must be a tough time to be a United fan. The legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson has departed and the new heir to the throne, David Moyes, has failed to add any jewels to the crown during the summer. 

If it had been Moyes, and not Wenger, who had a late minute gamble on persuading Madrid to part with their German maistroy Ozil, then it could be United who sit top of the Premier League after seven games. 

United's England men Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are mainly used as squad players by Roy Hodgson. Carrick appeared from the bench on Friday night, whilst Cleverley missed out through injury - but was unlikely to feature with a fit Jack Wilshere also on the bench. 

Former Red Devils David Beckham and Paul Scholes were key players for England and star men for United. 

Now the club have players like Ashley Young starting for them who don't even get the international phone call. 

The deadline day signing of Marouane Fellaini for a £27.5 million fee can be seen as a last minute deal rushed through to save some of Moyes' blushes. 

If United can make a January move for a real proven international midfielder from one of the top nations it will once again prove they want to challenge for the Champions League as well as the Premier League this season. 

They just don't have the quality that is needed in their starting midfield, let along the strength in depth that is needed in the squad as a whole to compete for every competition they compete in. 

The days of Cristiano Ronaldo taking to the Old Trafford turf seem a distant memory.

Adnan Januzaj's dream debut has brought about renewed hope for the future, but Moyes can't rely on an 18-year-old who has made three first team appearances to solve his problems.

United have been linked with a wealth of talent over the last three years but moves have never materialised.

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze were heavily linked but remained in their homeland, whilst France's new star Paul Pogba was allowed to leave.

Thankfully for United, their attacking options mean the side create enough chances to win games. Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and even Danny Welbeck haven't been short of goals.

But it is clear the current champs lack a player with real superstar quality in the middle of the park.

This will be Moyes' priority in the summer, if not in January. 

Ozil has shown that one player can make a massive difference at a team, not just on the pitch but in the whole ora of the club. 

If United can find their own Ozil it will relight the supporters belief that United can continue to match Europe's best teams post Sir Alex Ferguson era. 

Until then, it may be a struggle. 

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