Manchester United are usually known for their approach to attacking football via speedy wingers and counterattacking midfielders.
However, this season, due to the lack of form of the wingers, United have had to change their approach to games.
Even so, the centre midfielders have not had much better season, except for Michael Carrick, the unsung hero, whose stellar performances this season has inspired a chant comparing him to Paul Scholes - 'Hard to believe it’s not Scholes…. It’s Carrick, you know!'
With Scholes almost certain to retire for good at the end of the season, and Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs approaching the end of their careers, the centre of the park is one department where United have got to focus on for the next few seasons.
Here we talk about the future of midfield within Manchester United’s current squad.
Kagawa is one of those midfielders with enormous amount of talent and creativity. However, his influence this season has been far from convincing. At times, he has shown he has the ability to be a pure genious.
In others, he remains hugely anonymous, mainly because he is not the physical bully that premier league usually requires. However, there is certainly some work going on behind the curtains to help Kagawa play better next season.
Cleverley is another prospect who has done really well to establish himself as a midfield favourite. Currently he is above Anderson in pecking order, and when he is given the chance, he gives it his best.
Though not spectacular, he gets the job done in the midfield, and has formed good partnership with Michael Carrick in the middle. His stats, however, need to improve next season if he is to continue living the Old Trafford dream.
Anderson is already known as one of those players who could have been a star, but is now a rotation player. His ability to frustrate fans with injuries following spells of great performance has put his future in doubt.
It is believed that United will let him go to pursue first-team football elsewhere, or perhaps they should use him to bring in James Rodriguez from Porto.
Powell's debut goal in the Premier League was a dream start to hisManchester United career. Already, he is looking like a future star at the Theatre of Dreams. His game-play is highly technical and he can be physical when the game requires it too.
Januzaj is another youth player who could make it big soon. Sir Alex Ferguson singled him out as a spectacular player recently. This could point to a breakthrough season ahead for the Belgian.
Rooney was deployed as a midfielder against Stoke and he played the best game this season from that position. So, the rumours are getting louder - is Wayne Rooney already a midfielder?
We haven’t seen him often enough to come to a conclusion. Also, the constant rumour about Manchester United planning to acquire a new striker has prompted us to believe that Rooney may drop back to the centre of the field as soon as next season!
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