Manchester United Transfers: Why They Need More Than Just Replacements

Jack DonaldContributor IJune 21, 2009

SHENYANG, CHINA - AUGUST 07:  Hernanes of Brazil shoots and scores the first goal during the men's preliminary group C match between Brazil and Belgium at Shenyang Stadium on day -1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 7, 2008 in Shenyang, China.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

So far its been a summer of loss for United fans with Ronaldo and Tevez both heading for the exit. There is also talk of the disappointing Nani leaving and Sir Alex has already lined up Antonio Valencia of Wigan to take his place.

But the good news is that they happened rather quickly and that they now have a transfer kitty of over £100m.

While the papers are linking them with replacements in the form of Ribery, Benzema, Eto'o, Sanchez, Douglas Costa, and every other forward with any ability who could possibly make a move this summer.

But after watching Barcelona own United for 80 minutes in the European Cup final there problem is clearly in the center of midfield as the Catalans controlled the game thanks to Xavi and Inestia.

If you look at the reds current options you will see why they must strengthen in this area

Hargreaves: A great defensive midfielder, but has spent most of his time in the treatment room and is unlikely to return before January. 

Anderson: He is progressing nicely but as shown in the final he can go missing and still has a lot to learn.

Giggs: His move to the middle has extended his career but Sir Alex will be looking to faze him out this season as is no longer to play 90 minutes week in week out and prepare for a future without him.

Scholes: Like Giggs this could be his last season and will be used sparingly.

Carrick: For me he is the star man in the middle for United, beautiful passing and often controls the flow of games. But his tackling is not great and needs help in the middle as shown against Barca.

Fletcher: All action he might be and he was clearly missed in the final but most fans still have reservations over his general ability and whether they can do better.

As you can see a summer investment in at least two midfielders should be a must and my number one choice would Hernanes of Sao Paulo.

He is the Brazilian Xavi in style and is better at putting a foot in too, his just turned 24 and is looking to make a big move to Europe. 

Although you tube is no proof of how good a player is for those of you who are unaware of his talents this video is certainly worth a look:

He would cost around the £10m to £15m mark which would be a gamble but of the few options currently plying there trade in Europe few have his age, price and even fewer have his availability. He should also settle well in a squad with many young Brazilians and a few up the road too.

Next on the list would be a defensive midfielder and although linked with Yaya Toure he appears to be staying put and was a rumour being put about to help get him a pay rise. De Rossi from Roma would be high on most fans list but he was cost at least £30m and would like to stay in the Eternal City.

Even with Roma's money issues they would fight tooth and nail to hang on to there star man plus Real are keeping a close eye on his availability.

While moves for older players like Senna and Gattuso have been in the papers and remain possibilities for a short term solution.

However the answer is the tough tackling Felipe Melo of Fiorentina, he has been linked with moves to Inter and Arsenal but has also spoke of his desire to remain in Florence. He is likely to cost £15m but that will look a snip as he will add the much needed steal that is clearly missing from United's midfield.

Finally a move for the future in Fabian Delph his still developing and would be unlikely to feature next season with a loan move to a side like Fulham or another season at Leeds being on the cards.

Moves for strikers and wingers may come first and be more popular with the fans but if Man Utd want to continue there domestic dominance and push on in Europe it's the midfield that needs sorting.