Since moving from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2012, Alex Song has done little to prove to the Barcelona fans that he warrants a place in their team. So it comes as a surprise that the Cameroon midfielder has been linked with an Old Trafford move.
Yes, United need a midfielder and yes, Barcelona would be happy to let him go, but do Manchester United really need Alex Song? The ex-Arsenal man couldn't bring United anything they don't already have.
During his time at Arsenal, Song was seen as the 'enforcer' - although in truth he was often found marauding up the pitch and was caught out of position many times in his last season for the Gunners.
Despite his lack of positional sense, Song was a tackling midfielder - tasked with recycling possession and adding muscle to the centre of the pitch.
The signing of Marouane Fellaini has added a similar physical dimension to United's midfield that they lacked on occasion last season. Despite needing to improve a little technically, Fellaini gives some steel to an otherwise lightweight United midfield - meaning Song's biggest asset is rendered useless to United.
Song's instinct to get forward might be of interest to United, however - with five assists for Robin van Persie in his last Arsenal season. But Song has failed to replicate this relationship with any other player since moving to Spain. And would Song's passing really match up to the likes of Michael Carrick?
In truth, United can and should do better than Alex Song. Despite being a useful player, Song couldn't offer United anything new.
David Moyes is badly in need of a midfielder that can unlock defences, and Alex Song just doesn't fit the bill.
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