Every Manchester United fan has been crying out for a new central midfielder for years now, and the last central midfielder that Manchester United bought was Owen Hargreaves in 2007. This summer there has been a lot of rumours surrounding Manchester United as to who can fill in that position at United, and who can be a realistic improvement on the current squad. The names which have been flying around are the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Marouane Fellaini. With Thiago signing for Bayern Munich, Fabregas stating his desire to stay at Barcelona, and the fact that Manchester United don’t seem interested in signing Fellaini, here are five midfielders who would be perfect for Manchester United:
5. Daniele De Rossi
One player who would perfectly slot in alongside Michael Carrick is De Rossi. He would be the right player if David Moyes wants to make a quick fix to Manchester United’s midfield, seeing as he is 30 years old. Another benefit is that he suits Manchester United well. He has a great deal of strength as well as a hard-working attitude. He has great vision and would make the perfect foil for Michael Carrick. Although on the business side of the transfer, it wouldn’t make much sense, as he is not going to be at the top of his game for much longer.
4. Geoffrey Kondogbia
Kondogbia is a defensive midfielder who plies his trade with Sevilla at the moment. He has recently been linked with a move to both Manchester United and Chelsea, and I feel he would be a welcome addition to the Manchester United squad. At 20 years old he is still quite a raw player, but Manchester United have a long history of building young talent into world-class ability, and Kondogbia fits the bill perfectly. He stands at 6″3, and uses his rather large frame to muscle opponents off the ball, as he averages just over 3 tackles per game. He also boasts an impressive 87% pass success rate, which shows that he is comfortable on the ball which is just what Manchester United need. He would represent quite a large risk for David Moyes as he is relatively unknown, and I am not sure that signing Kondogbia will get United fans onside.
3. Lars Bender
Lars Bender helped Bayer Leverkusen to an impressive third place in the Bundesliga, but a player of Bender’s ability is worthy of a much bigger club. Bender is a very well-rounded player, he is very good defensively, averaging over 4 tackles per game. He also loves to make bursting runs through the middle and occasionally chips in with the odd goal. He has a pass completion of just under 80% which is decent, but can be improved upon seeing as he is only 24 years of age. The German would be a very solid signing and would instantly improve Manchester United’s midfield and it could be a very realistic transfer for the Red Devils.
2. Toni Kroos
The time seems right for Toni Kroos to move away from Bayern Munich. Kroos can play as either an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder. However, this season he will be competing for what looks like three places in Bayern’s midfield with Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Gotze, Thiago, Muller and Gustavo. Seeing as we are in a World Cup season, he may want to move in order to get a lot of playing time to push for a spot in Germany’s starting eleven, and Manchester United would be the perfect place to go to. Kroos is very good with the ball, and is very comfortable in possession. He also has a great eye for goal, something that Manchester United have been missing for years now from their midfield. He is a very similar player to Carrick in the way that he strings the ball around, and at 23 years old he would make a great investment for Manchester United.
1. Claudio Marchisio
Marchisio would be the perfect signing for Manchester United. The Italian has great technique, as well as having vision and an eye for goal.These attributes has helped establish him among the best in the world at his position. The heart and soul of the Juventus team, not only does Marchisio offer an attacking option, but he can also get back and help break up opposing attacks due to his high work rate. He is also very comfortable with the ball and would be the perfect partner for Michael Carrick. He is probably close to his peak in terms of performance level, but he would greatly improve Manchester United’s current batch of midfielders.
Do you agree? If there are any other midfielders who United should realistically target comment below.
By Will Halse