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United Are Hunting For Creative Midfielders

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday April 14 2010
Time: 10:18AM


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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14/04/2010 13:46:00
can gibson be our new paul scholes?
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!
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.
14/04/2010 23:17:00
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