Manchester United: Why Luka Modric Is the Natural Replacement for Paul Scholes

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Manchester United: Why Luka Modric Is the Natural Replacement for Paul Scholes
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With Manchester United legend Paul Scholes announcing his retirement on Tuesday, the Red Devils will now begin a search for his natural replacement in midfield.

Although the club's priority during the summer transfer window is to sign a No. 1 goalkeeper, most likely David De Gea, Ferguson must also look to find a successor for United's Ginger Prince.

The club's loss to Barcelona in the Champions League Final revealed a lack of quality in the central midfield position. Giggs and Carrick were excellent in the EPL this season, but they were outclassed and outplayed by Barca's little magicians.

While United would benefit from signing a player in the mold of a Michael Essien or Felipe Melo, Fletcher's return next season and Carrick's continued development as a holding midfielder will keep Ferguson from signing a marquee defensive midfielder.

Ferguson will be looking to spend on a central midfield pass-master to fill the void left by Scholes, and to prepare for the eventual retirement of the ageless Giggs.

Wesley Sneijder and Charlie Adam have been touted as strong candidates to replace the Englishman. However, they are slightly different to Scholes in favored position or style of play.

Luka Modric is the natural replacement for Paul Scholes, and here are five reasons why.

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