Manchester United continue their search for a creative midfielder after failing to sign one over the summer.
Manchester United had been shopping for a creative midfielder even before Paul Scholes retired. Scholes was even cajoled out of retirement by Sir Alex Ferguson last season and given a one-year contract to help boost United's midfield.
It has left fans of the Red Devils unhappy that United once again left the transfer market without attracting a creative midfielder to Old Trafford.
Before Ferguson's retirement, he had tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to sign a formidable replacement for Scholes who was edging towards retirement.
The expectation with the entry of David Moyes was that United will continue to scout for a creative midfielder who could fill the huge gap left in the midfield by Scholes' retirement.
This summer United turned down well-known attacking midfielders who have ended up at rival English clubs. The champions were offered Willian, the Anzhi Makhachkala player who ended up at Chelsea but apparently was keen to join United.
About four weeks ago, United were also offered Mesut Ozil for substantially less than the £42.4 million for which he eventually went to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.
United were also linked with Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera but the deal, which has been shrouded in controversy, was reported to have fallen through at the eleventh hour.
There seem to be a belief in the United camp that Rooney is United's tempo-setting number ten. United also consider Shinji Kagawa an option as a creative force behind Robin van Persie.
Wayne Rooney has that ability to spot a pass but United's main issue at this point is making sure that he is happy again at the club after an unsettled summer.
Even with Rooney, United still do not have that player who can deliver a killer pass in the final third and break the deadlock.
Shinji Kagawa though fits the criteria to a certain extent, but the Japan international is yet to prove his mettle because he did not show it often enough last season and is still attempting to get fully fit following a delayed start to pre-season.
United got Marouane Fellaini in from Everton and the Belgium international would certainly give them height and another option going forward. Though Fellaini is a good player, the defensive midfielder is not what United needs right now.
The Red Devils have struggled to a turbulent start this season and just like in previous season, will be banking on the trademark United spirit and will to win in a bid to successfully defend the Premier League title.
However it is expected that Moyes will set his sight on the January transfer window and attract a creative midfielder to boost United's chance of mounting a formidable title defense.
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