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Not since Eric Cantona have Manchester United signed a player with such a (if you’ll excuse the euphemism) “storied” history. Those who follow Spanish football closely over at the Mirror suggest that Ever Banega, the Argentinian midfielder, could be just the tonic for United’s ailing midfield. Creative AND combative, Banega’s talents meant Pep Guardiola singled him out for special attention when Barcelona faced Valencia in the Copa Del Rey. And when Pep’s singling you out for special attention…
Unfortunately Banega has a history of off-field shenanigans that makes Mario Ballotelli’s look like…well, ok, Mario Ballotelli’s off-field shenanigans are not diminished in comparison with anyone’s, but Banega is at least almost a match for him.
Injured himself with his own car, East 17 style? Check. Reputation for enjoying “the good life”? Check. Internet “stuff”? Apparently so, but I really don’t want to check.
What is for sure is that United need improvement in both numbers and quality in central midfield, and that we need them sooner rather than later. Banega is not cup-tied, plays for a team who are not competitive in their league and has a personal history which will mean his price tag is manageable. If Moyes is prepared to throw caution to the wind, he could do (and has done) worse.