With Manchester United's midfield problems being highlighted in the last few years, the endless speculation involving a star midfielder arriving at Old Trafford has been long overdue.
United being linked with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera, Daniele De Rossi and even Mesut Ozil but to no avail will leave many fans disappointed.
Tom Cleverley and Anderson simply haven't been good enough so far this season. It was clear in the Champions League on Wednesday when Ryan Giggs produced another show-stopping performance against Real Sociedad that he should be the first name on the teamsheet when he's fit.
The control and precision of his passing accompanied by the speed he showed showed his endless class.
There could be more said about Cleverley - who could improve with a run of games - but he turns 25 next year. His United career could be cut short if he doesn't start to perform this season.
With David Moyes analysing his squad this season, a clearout next summer is expected for the players he doesn't think are up to standard. This could lead to many fringe players being sold.
Although a midfielder could be the top of Moyes' list, he could look closer to home at a possible loanee in Nick Powell.
Sir Alex Ferguson brought the youngster to Old Trafford from Crewe Alexandria for around £6 million. At Crewe, he made an impressive 55 appearances and scored 14 goals. Although he found his chances limited at 18, he did score on his United debut against Wigan Athletic - the club who is now on loan with.
With Owen Coyle snapping him up during the transfer window on a season-long loan, the midfielder has gone from strength to strength. He has already made a name for himself at Wigan for scoring their first ever goal in Europe against Maribor.
With his range of passing, growing strength and excellent shooting - especially from outside the box - this is the type of midfielder United have been crying out for. Sir Alex once said he believes Powell can fill Paul Scholes' boots and on the evidence he's showing at Wigan, it's a possibility.
We must be careful though. In 2010, Cleverley went on loan at Wigan where he made 25 appearances. He scored four goals during that time and everyone thought he would finally start his career at United. So far though, that hasn't happened and United fans will be hoping history doesn't repeat itself.
Evidenced by his strike on Thursday evening against Rubin Kazan, it is clear that the young midfielder has bundles of talent. The precision of Powell's finish was sumptuous but next season it will be up to Moyes to nurture him into possibly a world-class midfielder.
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