With Paul Scholes retired and more emphasis placed on the wings, Manchester United look like they need a bit more creativity in the middle.
Tom Cleverley is a player who can provide a creative spark from the centre, but, apart from him, United have no-one else in the middle like that.
And, at the moment, it seems as if they need a creative central midfielder like that.
Marchisio equals United's best-performing CMs for chances created, but betters them with the effectiveness of those chances, as the vast majority of his chances led to shots on target, unlike United's midfielders.
He's also able to carry the ball better than virtually all of Manchester United's players, completing 1.5 dribbles per game, which is better than everyone excluding Nani and Phil Jones—again, proving the added creativity he could give the Red Devils.