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Father time waits for no man, and it would seem that this is the biggest area for United to worry about. I believe that it needs a major overhaul, and with it being one of the most important parts on the football pitch, it probably gives a better insight as to why United have struggled against ball playing teams.
Although Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are two fantastic players, they are coming to the end of their careers, and what's to stop them both from retiring at the end of the season?
Should that happen United will be in big trouble.
In the wide areas, United are stocked with excellent variety and quality in the likes of Antonio Valencia, Nani, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck, who I believe will be a better player cutting in from the left.
In the middle, however, United are struggling badly.
They have Michael Carrick who does a very important job of protecting the back four, and with his range of passing, he can create new attacks for the team. Park Ji Sung has been deployed in that area this season, and it has not quite worked out. Darren Fletcher is out with a long-term illness that will probably dictate the amount of games he can play a season for the rest of his career, and Anderson is just not Man United quality.
There is hope though in young stars Paul Pogba and Tom Cleverly (who made United tick in the early part of the season before his injury).
However, I think that within the next two years United need to add two more central midfielders to their team with the impending retirements of Scholes and Giggs.
They need a new creative spark in that team, and there is always the constant speculation of Luka Modric moving to Old Trafford as an instant replacement for Paul Scholes. A few weeks ago I would have said this move would not happen, but with Spurs now struggling to hold on to the fourth spot, how much longer can Modric stay at a mid-table team?
Eden Hazard is another player who has been linked with United, but I feel that his best position would be just behind the striker, and that role is currently employed by Wayne Rooney, and I feel he will carry on in that position for many years to come.
As a United fan, I would be more interested in a player such as Chirstian Eriksen, as he looks like another player who could control a game from midfield.
Should United sign these two players, their squad of midfielders would be Cleverly, Pogba (if he stays) Carrick, Fletcher, Modric and Eriksen.
Any combination of three out of the six would vastly improve United's general possession play and could be the final piece in the jigsaw, which is the building of Sir Alex Fergusson's last United team.