Manchester United's midfield problems have been well-documented this season. Here, we look at four players who could solve their crisis...
Gundogan could be the perfect man to get United's lethargic midfield firing on all cylinders again. While he may not have pace in abundance, he does two things better than any other United midfielder: get in the box to score goals and move quickly from attack to defence.
Michael Carrick, as good as he is, rarely passes the half way line. Gundogan, with energy to burn, would put in the defensive shift and then run up into the opposition box to challenge for a header.
While Khedira has never been given the plaudits he deserves, he is one of the best box-to box-midfielders on the planet at the moment. While he may not have Carrick or Gundogan's passing range, he too drives and galvanizes the forwards and wingers to push higher up the field in search of a goal.
Khedira is quick and reads play better than any other midfielder out there. While not a defensive shield, he would break up play higher up the field and ensure United's crumbling defence isn't continuously under siege.
One of the unsung heroes of the Premier League this season, Barkley looks like he can be one of the best players in the world one day. At the tender age of 20, he already has a wealth of experience under his belt.
While he doesn't offer the same defensive cover that Khedira or Gundogan might, he has a killer eye for a through ball that very often opens up opposition defence. Most importantly, for all his attacking talents, he's disciplined enough to go back and defend when necessary.
Kroos would surely be United's dream signing. With a passing range that rivals that of Paul Scholes, Kroos looks like one of the world's best midfielders at the age of 24.
He combines the best of Barkley and Khedira, lethal in attack and equally adept in defence. Kroos is the player to galvanize United's midfield back into becoming what it once was in 1999.
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