Frankly, both Chelsea and Manchester United have got deficiencies – real deficiencies. Ironically, what one lacks, the other seems to have in abundance.
The Pensioners and the Red Devils are undeniably two of the best teams in the Premier League- perhaps in the whole of Europe.
Over the course of their existence, these two giants have had great players in their teams; Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Peter Schmeichel, Gianfranco Zola, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, Marcel Desailly, the list is endless.
In 1999, United arguably had a very complete team and so did Chelsea in 2004. But the current crop of players at both clubs don't always strike as much fear into the opposition as fans of these powerhouses would like.
United’s gift has to be the frontline. The combination of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie with the extra ammo provided by Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, it’s simply an attack that leaves defences in their wake.
Rooney - the main man - isn’t just a goal scorer, he is a creator as well; a mastermind.
For Chelsea, well, we can’t quite say the same. The strikers are non-existent. Statistically, in the whole of 2013, no Chelsea striker scored an away Premier League goal and a striker was fielded in all of those games.
With Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and (to some extent) Demba Ba all first-team players, it’s amazing how the Blues still have to rely mainly on other departments for goals.
When the strikers are not scoring and somehow a team still manages to be up and around the very top teams, something else must be really oiled and working fine. In Chelsea’s case, the midfield has been behind everything good.
They literally create chances and finish them off themselves. Eden Hazard has been the X-factor this season; he has become the fresh prince of Stamford Bridge. Oscar has also been in sublime form, getting on the scor sheet more often than not and ultimately relegating the two-time Chelsea player of the year Juan Mata to the bench.
Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa - these are names of some of the midfield players United have got in their ranks. Besides Kagawa, whom we know can be really inventive (with his time at Dortmund in mind), the rest are simply not good enough to play for Manchester United.
The fact that the Red Devils are beginning to depend a lot on 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj tells us how poor the midfield is.
With both teams looking to finish in the top four spots, marquee signings in their respective areas of deficiencies could significantly aid their cause
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