Not enough creativity from the middle of the park? Where is the next Scholes? Where is the next Keane? Yes, it's sad that United still haven't found a replacement for the former captain marvel, who departed in 2005. What about the “new” Scholes? Nothing yet!
Keane was a dominating central-midfielder, with an aggressive and highly-competitive style of play. Scholes, on the other hand, is renowned for his passing range, technique, vision, creativity, and goal scoring prowess. Zidane once labelled him as the "greatest midfielder of his generation.”
Who are going to fill these boots, and more importantly, when?
Fletcher is certainly one contender. It wasn’t too long ago when Keano blasted him for his poor performances in an interview. But he has certainly come a very long way since then, and has been our mainstay for almost two years now. He is an industrious player who runs around a lot, makes those forward runs, and is in your face all the time.
Carrick? Well, I’m afraid he is not! He never has an imposing influence. He may be a decent passer, but he never delivers it in the Champions League. He is unable to play against the big boys, and is a big match naught!
Carrick is decent enough for the Premier League and against decent opponents. How many times have we seen him make that final telling ball in an all important match? Or score? I’m afraid I don’t recollect any. No wonder he is not a regular in the England fold.
Anderson? The boy is talented, no doubt. But he fails to deliver more often than not. He is very inconsistent to say the least. When he is “playing,” he is easily the best all-energy playmaker.
Sometimes I feel that he is like Juan Sebastian Veron! On their day, they are easily the best in the business. But unfortunately those days occur erratically.
I seriously doubt his chances of staying at United past this summer. Personally, I feel that United should give him a year of regular football next season and see how he develops. I’m sure he is more than capable.
A lot can be said about Hargreaves. When he is fit, he is by far the most technically sound player England has. What is more is that he can play at various positions, holding as an attacking midfielder or as a full back. However, he is at his best as a holding midfielder, a role currently shared with Carrick.
If Owen can regain his fitness and stay injury-free, I am more than sure that he can be an exceptional player for Manchester United.
What Manchester United is really missing is an enforcer, a playmaker. Like a Riquelme or a Xavi. A player whose assets are his passing and setting the tempo of play.
United needs big match players who are consistent. Players of the calibre of Xavi, De Rossi, Pirlo, Xabi Alonso, or Fabregas.
The Red Devils have players like Tom Cleverly and Rodrigo Possebon coming through the ranks. Cleverly, on loan to Watford, is getting a lot of plaudits. He is more than capable to be a Manchester United regular. He also has the distinction of scoring against Valencia in a preseason friendly at Old Trafford. He is surely one to watch.