As Manchester United make another big buy in Wilfried Zaha, many fans are still asking if Sir Alex Ferguson has a blind spot when it comes to central midfield.
United have not had a commanding central midfielder since the days of Roy Keane, who along with Paul Scholes in his prime, ran games in a way United haven’t done since.
Granted Michael Carrick is probably having his best season yet in a United shirt, but when it comes to the biggest games against the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, as we shall soon find out, he’s often left chasing shadows.
Darren Fletcher showed promise in some big games that he could be the answer, but illness has sadly denied United of his services, whilst his quality is not a match to club legend Keane.
Other current midfielders at the Old Trafford club include Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa, who continue to show promise, but while United's attack is one of the best in the world, they are yet to fill the vacant defensive midfield position.
Over the last few seasons, the situation has been so desperate that Ryan Giggs has been playing in the centre during tougher matches. Not to be detrimental to Giggs, but playing a winger in his late thirties in the centre is hardly the answer to the problem.
No matter who has played there, games against Barcelona and other top class foreign opposition have always highlighted United’s weakness.
Ferguson has said United are good enough in the midfield department, and with a lack of world-class midfielders around at the moment, it would be difficult to strengthen them.
The likes of Kevin Strootman, dubbed the Dutch Keane, has been mentioned and it seemed strange that Wesley Sneidjer's price tag fell so rapidly from being ranked as a multi-million pound player that most top clubs wanted last year, to going to Galatasaray for 10 million euros this year.
At that price surely he was worth a punt - one thing the United midfield are definitely short of is a goalscorer with Carrick, Anderson and Cleverley having only netted seven goals in all competitions between them.
No doubt Sir Alex disagrees, but even the staunchest of United fans can’t be optimistic about winning another Champions League with the current midfield.
In the Premier League they can get by, but when it comes to Europe's elite, I fear they’ll be dominated in the midfield by classier opposition.
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