It’s fair to say Marouane Fellaini has not had an easy time settling at Manchester United from Everton, much like David Moyes.
The powerful Belgian joined the Premier League champions in September, ending up as Moyes’ fifth-choice signing after failed bids for Thiago, Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Leighton Baines. Of course, this wasn’t Fellaini’s fault, but sub-standard performances have been his responsibility as United have been unable to fix their weak centre, which has been most notable exposed by Manchester City both home and away.
Clearly, they are lacking a ball-winning midfielder. Just as Arsenal fans complain about not adequately replacing Patrick Vieira, the Red Devils have never had anyone near the aggression of Roy Keane since their former captain left in 2005.
So how does Moyes fix this problem? One way would be finding a player who knows the Premier League well, is well below 30 and will be available to sign from June. Check, check, check.
Cameroon international Alex Song, 26, has endured a bumpy transition from Arsenal to Barcelona, just as Alexander Hleb did. Hleb ended up returning for a second spell at Stuttgart, but Song would have a superb chance of reigniting his career with a return to English football.
In his last season at Arsenal (2011/12), Song had eleven assists in the league; the highest at the club. His powerful physique coupled with decent technical ability would partly resolve the side's issue of the midfield requiring more bite and creativity.
This may be an unpopular move given the fact Song rarely starts for Barcelona, a touch unfair considering he has to compete with the world-class trio of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta for a starting place.
Fellaini and Tom Cleverley are hardly popular with the champions’ supporters and Song offers a good mixture of the pair’s qualities. Alongside Michael Carrick, another former Arsenal player could be an instant success at Old Trafford.
If the transfer happens, Song is unlikely to receive half the amount of abuse Robin van Persie did. But it could be the instigator for a major trophy win.
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