By Ban Demetriou
It was thought that a central midfielder would have been on top of Sir Alex Ferguson’s shopping list over the summer. However, that expected signing has yet to happen and is unlikely to with Sir Alex stating that Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez will be the last bit of business this summer.
Do United really need to sign a midfielder? There is an argument that suggests they don’t.
The return to form of Michael Carrick, along with an injury free Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Scholes might suggest that United are well covered in that department. Cleverley has started this season as well as he did the last. Assured in possession and calm on the ball, he has all the assets to be a top class midfielder and if he can avoid injuries again this season, he will be be a major asset to United.
However, for Anderson this is potentially his final season in a United shirt. He has been unfortunate with injuries and as a result has never had a clear run in the side but Sir Alex’s patience may now be wearing thin. The Samba star has had his moments but if he is to remain at Old Trafford after this year, he undoubtedly has to have his best season now.
There is also an indication that Darren Fletcher may return to first team action in the future. He has been sidelined for an extended period of time with a chronic bowel condition that some thought would force him into an early retirement. However, he came through a full 90 minutes with the U21s against Tottenham last night. He was far off his previous pace but it was still great to see him play. Nevertheless, it must be stressed that it can never be certain that he will ever return to the level he ever was.
The young Nick Powell, recruited from Crewe Alexander, has been identified to develop into a midfielder in the future but he may not be a permanent feature in the first team for some time yet and that also applies to the impressive local lad Ryan Tunnicliffe. The positives to take from this is that there is no doubt that our central midfield looks bright for the future.
The magnificent Paul Scholes and the evergreen Ryan Giggs continue to perform but whatever they currently bring to the side should be considered a bonus rather than a given. United can no longer rely on them to perform to the standards that they have done over the last 15 or so years.
It is not expected that United will be bringing in any new players by the transfer deadline this Friday but Sir Alex has surprised the football world many times in the past so anything is possible.
United have yet to make a marquee central midfield signing but they have sufficient numbers and quality in there to get by. This, accompanied by the huge talent United possess all over the rest of the pitch, should hopefully see them reclaim the Premier League from their neighbours Manchester City and bring the trophy home to where it belongs