So we have made three purchases already this summer but it is obvious to all that the one type of player we have all been asking for since Scholesy lost some mobility and Hargo became a perma-crock has not yet been signed.
Clearly this United team needs something extra in the middle of the park, it is soft there and we were often overrun away from home.
Last season Darren Fletcher really didn’t reach the heights of the previous two seasons. I would like to think that this was just an aberration and we will see him back to his barn-storming best next season. Carrick blew hot and cold, I tend to think he plays better without Paul Scholes, as he always seemed in awe of the Ginger Prince (quite rightly) and he would be subservient to him in his play not using his great passing range and creativity. Whilst Ando also showed glimpses of what he can do, I think with a full preseason behind him for the first time this coming season could be his best. Finally Park had a few goes in there too.
So to return to the transfer market. Ashley Young has arrived and like Valencia he is capable of playing a CAM role in a five man midfield. Also Phil Jones has arrived and many have spoken about how he can be used as a DM, although I tend to think he will be an out and out defender. There was a lot of talk about Rio being able to do the same when he was younger, but it never really worked and I believe the same will probably happen with Jones.
So how many players should come in to the midfield? With Cleverly coming back the issue is somewhat clouded but my belief is that only one is really needed, although two would be preferred.
But who will he/they be?
There has been a mention of Samir Nasri and he really is the right type of player, but if not Nasri who else is there? With City and Chelsea apparently copying us in the transfer market will we even get the man we want?
We are fairly well stocked in the defensively midfield position but a boost wouldn’t go amiss. However creativity is key for me. I for one would like sign Nasri; as well as being a good fit for the team it would be a massive coup for United to snag him from Arsenal and joining United could help Nasri fully reach his potentially.
I’d like to if there is a deal to be done it will be completed very soon, as with so many signings I think it is key that they are integrated during the summer tour. But don’t put nothing past Sir Alex though every year we seem to have a last minute splurge so this year’s may leave us smiling.