Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell completed his move to Manchester City this weekend, according to ESPN Soccernet, but failing to sign the 21-year-old midfielder is not a loss in the transfer market for Manchester United.
BREAKING: Everton have confirmed that Man City have signed Jack Rodwell on a five-year deal. Fee reported to be around £12m.— ESPN Soccernet (@ESPNSoccernet) August 12, 2012
With young star Tom Cleverley set to return to manager Sir Alex Ferguson's squad for the upcoming Premier League season, which starts Saturday, United's midfield will have enough quality to start the domestic campaign strong.
Rodwell would have been a good addition to Ferguson's midfield, especially from a defensive standpoint, but with the summer signing of Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, United have already added a world-class talent who will bring versatility to the midfield.
Rodwell has also battled injuries over the last year, and since United has already dealt with several injuries to key midfielders in recent seasons, adding a player who doesn't have great durability would not be a smart move.
It's no secret that Ferguson's squad still needs another midfielder, especially one that can dominate defensively, but Rodwell's inexperience at big clubs and his inability to consistently stay fit are two issues to be concerned about.
Not being able to sign Rodwell isn't a huge setback for United. The club has a strong squad heading into the new season, and will be title contenders throughout the season.
Rodwell is a fine young talent, but there are better options for Ferguson if he wants to bolster the depth and skill of his midfield.