Date: 14th December 2011 at 10:34am
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News that Darren Fletcher will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a bowel illness has further compounded Manchester United’s problems.

United were already being spread thin with injuries to Cleverley and Anderson but with Fletcher now out as well it leaves us with just Michael Carrick and Darron Gibson as recognised central midfielders.

Of course Park and Giggs are good for cameos centrally and Phil Jones is starring there now alongside Carrick but it is genrally accepted even at full strength we need some fresh faces.

Paul Scholes retiring has left a massive hole in United’s midfield, and we have missed a midfielder like Roy Keane, Bryan Robson or Paul Ince too.

The latter feels the game has evolved past that kind of midfielder anyway, but feels Sir Alex needs to bring in new blood regardless.

Speaking on Radio 5 Live, the former United enforcer offered some advice to his former manager on the up coming January transfer window:

“I feel they need that creativity in midfield, losing Paul Scholes was a big loss obviously.

“You’re not going to get players like Roy Keane or Bryan Robson, those players aren’t around anymore.

“The game has changed since then and you don’t get those type of characters, so he (Ferguson) has got to look at another way of controlling the midfield and I think that can come from creativity in someone like Luka Modric or Andres Iniesta, they are the players I would be looking at.

“I’m sure Sir Alex will take stock and he’ll be looking at what type of player he will need in January and it won’t just be in midfield, I’m sure he’s looking at a centre-half with Vidic being out.

“But I’m sure he knows what to do, there’s no point me telling him what to do because he’s the greatest manager I’ve ever played under.”


4 responses to ““You’re not going to get players like Roy Keane or Bryan Robson””

  1. kieran says:

    shame you had to go and join the scousers lad…he speaks the truth though. It’s all about creativity now…defensive midfielders do a job but in terms of going forward they’re next to useless.
    Just think of carrick, barry, de jong etc.

  2. Humanoid says:

    @ kieran: you forget that before there werent established concepts of defensive midfielders and creative midfielders. There were 2 midfielders, and if one stayed at the back the other went forward.

    Besides, we do have a creative playmaker in Carrick. It’s a shame he’s underrated by psued-United fans because he doesn’t have that star power, the same reason Fletcher is so underrated.

    In any case, get well soon Fletch. You still are my favorite United player!

  3. karlomu says:

    i,ve been in the anti cerrick brigade since the 2009 cpl final, but recently i,ve decided to get behind him and am starting to believe he can be our main man in the middle along with jones who can be the new keano,proved wrong in my opinions by fergie once again.GET WELL SOON FLETCH

  4. Andrew says:

    Getting Milos Krasic on loan would be a good idea. I wanted us to sign him 18 months ago but he signed for Juventus. He isn’t playing now and could be allowed to leave on loan. We could have a set £10 million fee in place if Man Utd and Juventus decide to make it permanent in the summer.

    He would be a genuine short term solution until the summer when we can reassess what we want to do.