Manchester United now odds on favourites to sign midfield legend – not Vidal
Manchester United clearly need to bring in at least one defender this summer, to marshall the central areas of a team that has lost Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in one summer.
But you would imagine that the main area of transfer focus would be the midfield.
Manchester United have already made the excellent signing of Ander Herrera but that does not address the lack of dynamism or grit in the middle of the park.
There has been a huge amount of speculation about the signing of Juventus dynamo Arturo Vidal, but his club have stated, of late, that he is not for sale. Things change very quickly of course and this could simply be a case of posturing from the selling club, in order to get the desired price.
But Manchester Untied will not want to be caught cold, as they were last summer. They will have other targets for that area of the team.
And even if the Vidal deal does get done Manchester United may want to look for another central midfielder anyway.
One of the best players at The World Cup, in the engine room of any team, was Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger.
He’s an incredibly experienced player with 108 caps for his country but is still only 29. His odds have slowly been coming in on a move to Old Trafford and, over the last few days Manchester United have been made odds-on favourite with bookmaker SkyBet to sign Schweinsteiger this summer at 8/11.
Whether Manchester United would want to accommodate Vidal and Schweinsteiger in the same side depends on which formation Louis van Gaal plans to play next season.
But when players this good do come along then they should be snapped up by a Manchester United side that is desperately in need of more authority and control in the centre of the park.
Because, while players like Fletcher, Anderson and Cleverley can play to a decent standard, they aren’t up to scratch if Manchester United have designs on returning to domestic domination anytime soon.
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