Manchester United are spending big this summer in a somewhat ‘changing of the guard’ at Old Trafford. They have already spent around £50 million on defender Phil Jones, goalkeeper David De Gea, and winger Ashley Young.
Now midfield veteran Paul Scholes has retired into a coaching role at the club and with the departure of Owen Hargreaves, as well as Darren Gibson possibly on his way out, the focus shifts to the middle of the park as the club attempt to strengthen their central midfield and replace Scholes.
Despite United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that he will not be pressured in to making big-name signings for the sake of it and would be content enough to begin the defence of their Premier League crown and try to win yet more silverware with his current squad, he will know he needs to bolster his midfield and find the next Scholesy.
Speculation has been mounting on who they may bring in, with the club being linked with moves for Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder, Tottenham Hotspur's Luka Modric, and Arsenal's Samir Nasri to name but a few.
Here are just a handful of players who United may consider.