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Manchester United still up for megadeal – report

Watching Manchester United desperately rummaging around for a midfielder at the end of the summer was an unusual sight.

Watching Manchester United desperately rummaging around for a midfielder at the end of the summer was an unusual sight.

Manchester United didn’t always got their top targets under Fergie either, of course, but the sense of increased anxiety around Old Trafford as August drew to a close was palpable.

In the end Manchester United only managed to sign Marouane Fellaini – a player who has had an undistinguished start at the club. But much of the summer was reportedly spent pursuing players like Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and even Cristiano Ronaldo.

Another player who was mentioned right on the last day of the transfer window was Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. Real Madrid had a last-minute fire sale to make way for Gareth Bale and Khedira was mooted as a potential sacrifice.

Anyway, The Guardian today suggests that Manchester United will go back in for Khedira in the winter window.

The Guardian says:

Moyes, meanwhile, is mulling over a £35m move for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, which would suggest that the £27m that United spent just a few months ago on Maroaune Fellaini benefitted Everton more than United.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. While Khedira offers a little bit more going forward than Fellaini he is still not seen as an attacking midfielder. He’s more of a nuts and bolts sort of player who has a great engine but is certainly no Paul Scholes.

Wikipedia says of Khedira:

He is considered a dynamic midfielder with “flawless aerial ability” who can cover a lot of ground, recover the ball and quickly join in the team attack with his powerful mid-range shooting

We are less sure about the attacking part of his game and our fears are seemingly backed up by his goalscoring figures for club and country. He has 5 goals in 88 games for club and 4 goals in 41 for Germany – hardly the stats of a prolific attacking midfielder.

It’s another signing that, if it happens, will be very underwhelming for Manchester United fans. David Moyes will have spent £60 million on defensive midfielders that Manchester United don’t need.

What do Manchester United fans think? Would Khedira improve the team or would he be an utter waste of money?

Let’s see Khedira in action.


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1 Comment

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  1. stuart stow

    Nov 10, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Fellani was a stupid choice.They’ve been crying out for a creative midfielder for years ever since Scholes was reaching the end and he gets a defensive one and going on his performances so far a very average one at that.They might aswell of stuck with Cleverley.

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