Do Manchester United still need to sign a midfielder?

by Sam Peoples

By Ban Demetriou

It was thought that a central midfielder would have been on top of Sir Alex Ferguson’s shopping list over the summer. However, that expected signing has yet to happen and is unlikely to with Sir Alex stating that Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez will be the last bit of business this summer.

Do United really need to sign a midfielder?  There is an argument that suggests they don’t.

The return to form of Michael Carrick, along with an injury free Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Scholes might suggest that United are well covered in that department. Cleverley has started this season as well as he did the last. Assured in possession and calm on the ball, he has all the assets to be a top class midfielder and if he can avoid injuries again this season, he will be be a major asset to United.

However, for Anderson this is potentially his final season in a United shirt. He has been unfortunate with injuries and as a result has never had a clear run in the side but Sir Alex’s patience may now be wearing thin. The Samba star has had his moments but if he is to remain at Old Trafford after this year, he undoubtedly has to have his best season now.

There is also an indication that Darren Fletcher may return to first team action in the future. He has been sidelined for an extended period of time with a chronic bowel condition that some thought would force him into an early retirement. However, he came through a  full 90 minutes with the U21s against Tottenham last night. He was far off his previous pace but it was still great to see him play. Nevertheless, it must be stressed that it can never be certain that he will ever return to the level he ever was.

The young Nick Powell, recruited from Crewe Alexander, has been identified to develop into a midfielder in the future but he may not be a permanent feature in the first team for some time yet and that also applies to the impressive local lad Ryan Tunnicliffe. The positives to take from this is that there is no doubt that our central midfield looks bright for the future.

The magnificent Paul Scholes and the evergreen Ryan Giggs continue to perform but whatever they currently bring to the side should be considered a bonus rather than a given. United can no longer rely on them to perform to the standards that they have done over the last 15 or so years.

It is not expected that United will be bringing in any new players by the transfer deadline this Friday but Sir Alex has surprised the football world many times in the past so anything is possible.

United have yet to make a marquee central midfield signing but they have sufficient numbers and quality in there to get by. This, accompanied by the huge talent United possess all over the rest of the pitch, should hopefully see them reclaim the Premier League from their neighbours Manchester City and bring the trophy home to where it belongs

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rasaki sodeeq kunmi 09/03/2012 - 16:47

yes man utd need gud midfieder that will play with scholes

Victor Obanye 08/31/2012 - 17:06

I think Davide Petrucci should be promoted to the first team squad along with Ryan Tunnicliffe. These two combined would give United bite, skill and pace through the centre. It’s time to let them off the leash…believe me these two will be Man Utd legends.

mark 08/31/2012 - 13:47

ferguson is a top class manager best in the world but he needs to get out there before the transfer window closes what happened to herrera and van der vaart

mark 08/31/2012 - 13:41

personally i think alex ferguson needs to buy at least 2 new defenders and 1 maybe 2 new midfielders to make are team stronger we here rumors that players r going to united and it never happens we dont need rumors we need the truth

Michael 08/30/2012 - 20:38

We won’t buy a cm this year but next year we should really look at the likes of Fellini and Eirsken

irene 08/30/2012 - 16:28

We do really need a CM like Dembele and Fenalle. Although some said we got loads o f midfield to cover but compare to others we are still weak in that area. Take the Everton and Fulham game we are dominated in the middle by one player.Anderson and Cleverly simply can,t come cope with them,I can’t imagine if we were to play Chelsea and MC. We are wasting our time chasing Moura , we should instead go for Dembele and Fellani, that will made us a perfect team.

Oliver 08/30/2012 - 14:01

I fully expect Kagawa to spend most of his time in the middle of the park. I watched him play there against Hannover 96, it was by far his most effective game of pre-season, he plays like Scholes but quicker and with more threatening passes. So I think we HAVE signed that midfielder you speak of.

Scholes and Giggs will surely not play as much this year, and I think rightly so, it’s time they let younger players come through.

Cleverley and Anderson should form a strong partnership like they did last season, staying fit is the crucial thing but even though I’m a big fan of both, I wouldn’t blame Fergie for getting fed up with injuries and decide to let either one go.

Nick Powell has been such a disappointment whenever I’ve watched him, constantly outshone by whoever he is around, whether it be Cleverley, Scholes, Lingard, Petrucci or Tunnicliffe. He’s missed simple chances, and he’s done little to suggest he is the next big thing in my eyes. I know he’s only young but I’ve been very frustrated wit him so far. Here’s hoping he changes that soon.


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