One of the reasons Manchester United boss David Moyes has come under such heavy criticism in his early Old Trafford tenure is the fact United look dull and lethargic.
There is a hole in the middle of the park and with Robin van Persie injured, the team looks short of five players.
It baffled me in their last game, against the lowly Cardiff City, how easily Tom Cleverley was bullied off the ball time-and-time again. Suffice to say that his career as a United player should be coming to an abrupt and warranted end sometime in the near future.
To put it frankly, he just isn't the player he looked to be two years ago. United fans can look back to the first five games of the 2011-12 season and remember a Cleverley who rampaged in the middle of the park, playing decisive passes and involving all end of then field in order to structure a cutting attack.
Most amazingly, he seemed to prove himself against the very best too, tearing apart such teams as Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Then his injury hit and he hasn't looked the same player since.
Cleverley's biggest asset is unfortunately his work-rate. He doesn't have any sort of overwhelming skill with the ball at his feet and his passing - both short and long range - look mediocre at best.
Flash back to that horror moment against Cardiff in which he gave the opponents striker the ball clear through on goal. Lucky for him the crossbar saved him on that occasion.
But his passing is too erratic even in the center of the field to act as the fulcrum to any team. Best case, he's another Ji-Sung Park, someone who will run tirelessly, close down players, and sprint from one box to another - although Cleverley clearly doesn't have the goals in him that Park did.
So, does he still have any sort of future at United? Unfortunately for United fans, the answer as of now is yes. It's baffling that a player performing as badly as him isn't even the worst in the team at the moment.
With Anderson abysmal as always, Fellaini miles off the game that United touted him as having, and Carrick - the only true midfield maestro on United - sidelines, David Moyes is short on options. This is where his failure in the transfer window will come back to bite him. Arsenal have Ozil, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ramsey and Flamini to fill their midfield.
Compare that to Carrick, Fellaini, Anderson and Cleverley and it's a very clear mismatch. Carrick is the only one who could even possibly be considered in the same light as Arsenal's five.
United's midfield is lacking and Cleverley isn't the answer. Once touted as the next Paul Scholes, he becomes just another in a long line of players just unable to cut it at the Theatre of Dreams. And in an ironic twist of fate, the player who can have solved their midfield problem, Paul Pogba, was let go by Ferguson and is now looking one of the best young players in the world. Let's hope Nick Powell lives up to the hype.
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