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

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

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 and .

Mark Lawrenson feels the same.

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

desperately need a spark from midfield. They look stronger with and Michael Carrick but they also need a special creative force in midfield. It’s little wonder that  has been dropped back into that area.

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