Manchester United: Midfield general puts United on transfer alert

Manchester United may not get their reported top target Arturo Vidal this summer. With the fees being mooted the club may be priced out of a transfer. They may not even sign Dutchman Nigel De Jong, who has also been linked with a move.

But what is surely unimaginable is that Manchester United will start the new season without any defensive midfield additions.

With so little quality in those central positions Manchester United are desperately in need of someone to run the engine room moving forward.

Ander Herrera will turn out to be a priceless addition for the club but he needs a real dominator
next to him in order to make the partnership and the midfield really potent.

Manchester United may well wait until January to see if Kevin Strootman has completely recovered from long term injury. But that could be a high-risk gamble and another potential contender has seemingly thrown his name into the hat over the last day or so.

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy had an excellent season last time out and he sometimes resembles Roy Keane in his no nonsense yet accurate game.

He has lit the fires of speculation by suggesting that he could be open to a move if an approach was made by Manchester United.

The Express quotes him as saying:

“If a club like Manchester United are interested, obviously you are doing a good job.

“We will see what happens.”

The remarks will do nothing to help his popularity at Everton and there has been precious little speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

But he is the sort of player that the club needs – a combative and highly mobile midfielder who always seems first into the challenge and also has good distribution.

It’s certainly not inconceivable that Manchester United could make a move. But you feel that they will pursue other targets first.

Let’s see the lad in action Manchester United: is McCarthy technically good enough to drive the team forward?