Manchester United's midfield options have always oozed class. Roy Keane and Paul Scholes formed a formidable partnership in the centre of the park and Sir Alex Ferguson had Eric Cantona, Nicky Butt and Juan Sebastian Veron as options over his United career.

Fast forward 15 years and much has changed in football. Not only is there a new man at the helm at Old Trafford in David Moyes, but the midfield options at Old Trafford lack ability, determination and creativity.

Moyes has now taken charge of 18 Manchester United games and, contrary to what some parts of the media may suggest, his United career has got off to an okay start.

United have only lost three games so far against West Brom, Liverpool and Manchester City. The only reason some people have been negative about Moyes' Manchester United side is because the losses against rivals Liverpool and City carry more weight and expectation than regular games. 

So far this season United have usually started Wayne Rooney sitting the 'hole' behind the striker. In this role, Rooney has the freedom to drop deeper and have more of influence or take up a more attacking position as-and-when he chooses.

With Rooney in place to pull strings behind Robin van Persie and allowing himself to run at defences, it is the heart of the midfield behind Rooney that have, in my opinion, caused concern.

United's central midfield definitely has lacked consistency this season.

Michael Carrick has started all-but-one Premier League game under Moyes but his partner in the deeper-lying midfield role has alternated between Tom Cleverly, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Phil Jones or Marouane Fellaini.

Giggs is nearing the end of his illustrious career and Jones' best position (we are led to believe) is centre-back. Thus, United's future lies in the hands of Cleverly, Anderson and Fellaini.

Cleverly hasn't consistently shown an abundance of creativity and he isn't the type of player that has a knack for breaking up play and getting stuck-in. This prompts the question of whether he is the future of the club's midfield and whether he has the ability to command a starting berth for years to come.

I have a sneaky suspicion that a couple of good goals and a few appearances in an England shirt have led to his ability being over-hyped. There is no doubt he has some sort of role to play at the club and at international level, however, Cleverly is yet to show that he has the potential to be a world-class midfielder.

On the other hand, Anderson was always marked as a future world-beater. The heavy midfielder's United career has stagnated. There is no doubting the Brazilian's technical ability but he is often sloppy in his play and his performances lack determination. However, we may soon see Anderson's United career come to an end as the midfielder has been linked with a January move to Fulham.

Fellaini is another player who has disappointed in a United shirt and has failed to live up to his huge fee. The Belgian midfielder played in a more attacking role for the Toffees but has played in a deeper role alongside Carrick for United.

However, the towering midfielder hasn't looked right in the famous red of Manchester United. His red card against Real Sociedad summed up his frustrating displays since his arrival.

Moyes clearly sees Carrick as an integral part of his side and midfield. However, the Scot will have to do without the Newcastle-born playmaker until January due to an Achilles tendon problem.

Now is the time for Cleverly, Anderson or Fellaini to step-up and prove to Moyes he doesn't need to invest in midfield options in January. Otherwise, the former-Everton manager will need to ship one of the trio out - most likely to be Anderson - and bring in a midfielder that has the ability to keep the Red Devils' title chances alive.

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