Paul Scholes’ influence has dwindled over the last couple of seasons and he’s now entered permanent retirement. New additions like Shinji Kagawa haven’t had the impact that fans would have hoped for.
Then there’s Michael Carrick an excellent footballer, but not the most dynamic player moving forward. He’s there for ball-retention purposes and cannot really be expected to bear the creative burden.
As such, it was important that David Moyes addressed United’s midfield this summer. In this regard, I’m not sure that fans will feel completely satisfied.
Things could have been different. Some of the targets that United were in for this summer were very exciting indeed.
The club could have brought in Thiago Alcantara, but the talented young Spaniard choose to join up with his ex-boss, Pep Guardiola. It’s clear that David Moyes doesn’t provide the same draw for players as Sir Alex Ferguson did.
Then there was Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal captain would have improved United considerably, but he was never likely to move to Old Trafford. He’s still desperate to prove himself at his boyhood club, Barcelona.
Next up is Ander Herrera, the Athletic Bilbao ace who United were interested in. The fans will never live down the stories about impostors attempting to sign the player on United’s behalf.
Eventually, however, United managed to sign a midfielder at the last moment. David Moyes was re-united with his Everton charge, Marouane Fellaini. Even still, there was a snag. Back in July, Fellaini would have been available for just £23.5m thanks to his release clause. United signed him on deadline day, when this clause had elapsed, for £27.5m.
Then there’s the fact that Fellaini isn’t the best fit for the role that United need to fill at the moment. The big Belgium bruiser is better suited to the holding role. He should play directly in front of the back-four, where he can win the ball and distribute it to players further up the pitch. In short, he should play in the Michael Carrick role.
I’m sure Fellaini will be a success at Old Trafford. I’m just not sure he was the best option. Why, for instance, did United not go in for Mesut Ozil?
There were so many missed opportunities this summer. Then there’s the fact that Marouane Fellaini looks to have been a panic-buy. I think it’s fair to say that Moyes hasn’t dealt with the issue at hand this summer.
The only question that remains is how this will impact the club over the course of a long season.
What’s your take? What impact will Marouane Fellaini have at Old Trafford? Do United have enough midfield firepower to compete for the Premier League title?
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