So it would appear that after weeks of intense speculation, Manchester United will not be going after Wesley Sneijder. The player himself has stated that he wants to stay in Milan and both clubs have denied that the player will be making the move from Milan to Manchester.
This leaves Manchester United still in the hunt for a creative midfielder. Sneijder is not the only creative midfielder in the world and I will take a look at other players that Manchester United could sign instead of Sneijder.
Oh and FYI, no this list will not include Samir Nasri as Sir Alex Ferguson has already said that he won’t be coming to Old Trafford.
Hamsik has made a name for himself in Italian football with Napoli where he has been the driving force behind their rise into to Champions League football. Hamsik will fit in with the youth policy of Manchester United as he is only 23 years of age.
He is rated highly in his country of birth, Slovakia. So much so that he has already captained his national side.Although on the surface he is not as creative as a Sneijder, what he does is that he gets a nice balance of goals and assists for his team with 11 goals and six assists.
Were Hamsik to join United, then I believe he would be the perfect foil for Michael Carrick. Carrick would hold his position and distribute the ball while Hamsik can play his all action type of game to be the driving force for Manchester United in the same way that Steven Gerrard is the driving force for Liverpool.
Like many other South American players, Javier Pastore has been blessed with the technical ability that Emile Heskey can only dream about of having. He is a natural No. 10 who would play behind the striker and create chances with intricate flicks and passes.
As well as this, he has the ability to run at defenders with immaculate close control. He recorded 11 goals and six assists last season but that low return can be attributed to the fact that the Italian league is not generally known for a massive amount of goals
Although Pastore would be an excellent addition to the Man Utd squad, Wayne Rooney is currently occupying that No. 10 role and to good effect. Pastore’s arrival would probably mean Rooney playing as the main striker once more or finding himself on the wings once more.
Another thing that might put United off with Pastore is that the Palermo chairman has said that only an offer of €50 million would be enough to prise Pastore away from the club.
Considering that he started his career as an exciting winger, one would not think that he would be considered as an option for United as a creative midfield player.
However, Schweinsteiger showed at the 2010 World Cup that he can indeed play in that position and to good effect as well. He would be the type of midfielder that Manchester United have been crying out for years. He can control the midfield with precise passing and he has a good engine as well.
He would probably be the most astute signing out of all the midfielders on this list and will turn out to be a good acquisition for Manchester Untied.
The star that was Yoann Gourcuff has faded in the last few years after he was touted as being the next big thing since Zinedine Zidane. However you know what they say in football, form is temporary and class is permanent.
This is another deep lying playmaker that can dictate the tempo of games to his liking and would slot right into the United midfield. He has had one big move already in his career but that probably came too early for him when he went to Milan.
However at 25, Gourcuff is ready to make the transition from a good player to a world class player and Old Trafford could be the perfect platform for him to unlock his full potential.
Modric would probably the most difficult out of these midfielders to purchase but he would be the best option too without a shadow of a doubt.
He is the only one of the players mentioned that has experienced the difficulties of the EPL and he is fully accustomed to the tempo of the English game as well.
He is currently being courted by Chelsea at the moment but should Spurs’ stance weaken then I would expect Fergie to try and make a late bid for the Croatian schemer.
Scott Parker aside, Modric was probably the most impressive central midfielder in the EPL last season and at Manchester United he would no doubt flourish in the Theatre of Dreams.
Old Trafford faithful expects
Despite people saying that there is a lack of genuinely talented playmakers at present, United still have some good options and avenues to explore should they wish to purchase this type of player.
Which one of these players or any other players for that matter would you like to see in a Manchester United shirt next season?