Date: 28th November 2011 at 10:29am
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Following United’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle the knives have been out.

Despite Newcastle wrongly being awarded a penalty that secured them a point at Old Trafford, there as been much focus on United’s midfield.

Michael Carrick put in a decent performance in the middle of the park, as he did against Benfica too, but that hasn’t been enough to quell fans talk of United’s failure to buy quality in the middle of the park.

Something that has been highlighted with injuries to both Anderson and Tom Cleverley.

Mark Lawrenson feels the same.

The pundit has waded in claiming our failure to strengthen central midfield means we are lacking a creative spark,

“Manchester United desperately need a spark from midfield. They look stronger with Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick but they also need a special creative force in midfield. It’s little wonder that¬†Wayne Rooney¬†has been dropped back into that area.

“United should have bought more quality in the summer. Wesley Sneijder would have been a perfect fit.”