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United Are Hunting For Creative Midfielders

The transfer rumours seems to suggest, quite reasonably, that we now have a weakness in central midfield, especially in terms of creativity. Which is true and which has to be solved.

Three names come up with the biggest frequency. Those of Joe Cole, David Silva and recently Stephen Ireland. Let's have a look at the credibility of these rumours.

The Joe Cole issue has been discussed to death: he's unlikely to leave Chelsea and United are unlikely to grant him the kind of wage he allegedly demands from Abramovich's plaything. Can't see him ending up at United.

David Silva is believed to be preferring to stay in La Liga - no surprise for a Spanish player - and Marca reports that United's interest in the Valencia player triggered Real Madrid Florentino Perez into action. If that's true our only hope of landing him is if he's a sensible lad and sees that Real Madrid are going nowhere but fast with their insane transfer policies. Marca quotes a price of 25 million euros, something even United could fork out but I doubt he will be that cheap.

And lastly, Stephen Ireland. Latest rumours say that as plays less than he'd like to at City, he wouldn't turn down a move elsewhere. He's certainly a quick, skilled, creative midfielder but I'm not really convinced if he's good enough. He goes missing way too often, even though he had a brilliant 2008/09 season before enduring a difficult time during the current campaign.

We'll see. One thing is certain: a quick, creative central midfielder is absolutely crucial.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 14 2010

Time: 10:18AM

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Van der Vaart on the cheap? If Silva is not possible, Juan Mata is very good left sided player. There are players, the question will be how much are we willing to spend? Younger players like Defour, Gourcouff?
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14/04/2010 11:04:00

i think u should sign gio dos santos and adel taraabt from us. there both amazing just need knocking down a few peggs. SAF would be great for them
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14/04/2010 11:12:00

I think of the three Joe Cole is the most likely. I dont think he really wants to leave chelsea, but if he digs his heels in over the money he is asking for Roman might just tell him to do one. The lack of transfer fee is right up the glazers street and we could use the money we save to top up his wages and give him a nice signing on bonus. In terms of his movement and creativity he is exactly the type of player we are looking for. However, his injuries and lack of real pace worry me a little. I think cole would be a useful addition in terms of allowing us to spend our limited budget in other areas, but he wont be our first choice.
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14/04/2010 13:34:00

Ferguson was after detour but hopefully he can surprise everyone and buy us hamsik or gourcuff. But I have a feeling we'll end up with some young talent that is value for money.
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14/04/2010 13:36:00

There seems to be universal acceptance that we should be spending 25m+ on David Silva. I can see he is quality player with the vision and creativity we're looking for, but can we really afford to spend 30m on a player that looks lightweight in the spanish league?!? I can easily see him being kicked and bullied out of away games like Luis Garcia used to be for liverpool; and we have no idea whether his fitness would hold up in the premier league. Look at Arshavin - quality player but cannot handle 50 games seasons at premiership pace. Silva is an expensive gamble in my opinion.
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14/04/2010 13:38:00

I like Ireland as a player and I feel we could develop him - but the fact is he plays for city! They probably wouldnt sell him to us, if they did the price would be ridiculous (not like they need the money) and to be honest I think he is mental! The flash cars and chavtastic lifestyle will not go down well with fergie and the cage fighting would just send him over the edge. He already turned us down as a youth player because he says he just didnt feel like he would fit in and I dont think that has changed.
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14/04/2010 13:41:00

My choice would be Hamsik as he is tall, fast, creative and has an EXCELLENT goal scoring record. He'd also cost less than silva. Mesut Ozil would be great as well but after fergies 'typical germans' outburst I can see us signing him or Neuer. Then theres Gourcuff who is also quite tall and skillful, though his goal ratio isnt as good as Hamsiks ( who has outscored Totti and Eto'o as a 21 year old in italy - not easy!). But the good thing is we are being linked with these types of players. If there is any truth in any of it at least it shows fergie is not oblivious to how badly our midfield is letting us down in terms of attacking contribution.
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14/04/2010 13:46:00

can gibson be our new paul scholes?
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14/04/2010 21:00:00

Joe Cole gets nose-bleeds if he goes north of Watford Gap, so can't see him arriving in the Northwest any time soon, either to you or us. Fully expect him to stay at Chelsea. And Paul_manu - No, Gibson is NOT the new Paul Scholes!
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14/04/2010 22:53:00

Guys United haven't any money to spend on players unless they are from unknown Mexican sides. Get real - the power has swung and there will be even less prawns on the sandwiches.
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14/04/2010 23:17:00

Thats right willy you've got the power. Just like He-Man.
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14/04/2010 23:54:00

we need players like kaka gerrard lampard i think that hamsik or david silva are the right choice, milner is also good.
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15/04/2010 04:55:00

If not Silva, we should go for Gourcuff or Sessegnon.
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15/04/2010 07:39:00

Delusion - you should be looking in the Conference with the debt you boys got - and it will be back to the potted meat sandwiches next season.
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15/04/2010 11:47:00

Just for interest do any of you boys actually come from Manchester? If not do you know where it is?
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15/04/2010 11:48:00

What does that have to do with anything?
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15/04/2010 14:06:00

I think willy is looking for a date.
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15/04/2010 16:50:00

ou have both answered the question - no you don't come from Manchester, you have never been and don't even know where it is. Glory seekers who will soon change horses.
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15/04/2010 17:14:00

I love the old 'you're not even from manchester' line! Im sure in some way you feel theres some sort of moral victory in there - i'm sure comforts you in the absence of silverware.
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15/04/2010 18:38:00

Tuscan - does anyone ever ask you why you don't support your local team? Is it a case of not enough reflected glory - all quite sad really.
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15/04/2010 23:36:00

The idea of a "local" team in modern football is laughable. How many of your "local" team were born within a stones throw of the stadium? Hell, if you watch the world cup this summer you'll be stretched to find a team that puts out an 11 that were born or live in the country they represent! Feel sad all you want willy, but dont feel sad for me - I'm a united fan so its all good for me.
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16/04/2010 01:47:00

man u have millions of fans around the world we don't support manchester as a town financially or government (whatever)we support a football club and there is only one club deserve to be supported in manchester and it is man u and not "money city" we support players who play football not "dollars who play football"
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16/04/2010 04:59:00

Willy, it's what we call the small **** inferiority complex rearing its head!
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16/04/2010 05:56:00

whe ur discussing all this,one thing comes to my mind,and the real problem is no where but glazaer!!! that name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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16/04/2010 07:46:00

Come on United....Rooting hard for you chaps this weekend...and the funny thing is so is Liverpool...
Daz Hotspurs
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16/04/2010 09:39:00

And by the way,Leave Modric alone,you have bullied us already (just kidding,you made us rich)..Any chance of us getting Carrick back..Would not mind that
Daz Hotspurs
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16/04/2010 10:33:00

All respect gone from you lot. Glory seeking supporters who got on the United bandwagon because they were winning - a pyschologist would have a field day with you - very shallow and very pathetic. Bet you don't ever go to Old Trafford apart from every Blue Moon.
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16/04/2010 12:19:00

So its fine to support a manc to support a bunch of foreigners playing for, working for and owning a manchester based team - but foreigners aren't allowed to support these foreigners because they weren't born in manchester.
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16/04/2010 13:47:00

Tuscan : Just keep on taking the tablets and do what the shrink said - look in the mirror and say 'I am very shallow, I do not live in Manchester but I do support the Rags'. You will feel a lot better for confronting your terrible affliction and weakness. Best of luck with the rest of the treatment.
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16/04/2010 16:03:00

Cheers willy! I can only hope to one day feel the sense of pride you must get seeing all those local boys pull on the shirt for city. Those must have been an AMAZING 2 minutes!
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16/04/2010 17:01:00


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