Two years ago, a young Serbian by the name of Milos Krasic put in a stellar performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions league for CSKA Moscow.
Shortly after that match, outlets flooded with reports linking Krasic with a move to United. Regarded as the next Pavel Nedved, Krasic and his agent ultimately decided a move to Turin giant Juventus would be best suited for the player.
Oh, how wrong they were.
Often times players find themselves at the wrong club at the wrong time, and in the case of Milos Krasic, he definitely fits the bill. Krasic has found himself completely ignored when coach Antonio Conte is picking the team sheet. Would a move to United see Krasic recapture his form?
Krasic is a true out-and-out winger, and the Serie A is no place for such players. In the Serie A players are expected to defend just as much as they attack. As opposed to sticking on the flank serving balls into the box, wingers also have to track back and cover.
The surging runs that made a name for the winger in Russia have been the cause of why Krasic hasn't fitted into Conte's plans for a remolded Juventus. Krasic has found himself isolated on the bench, a spot he is likely to continue to occupy.
In a league where even Lionel Messi would struggle, Krasic has failed to adapt to the Serie A. It is nearly impossible for Krasic to play his game as winger when he is constantly being chopped down by Italian defenders.
A change of scenery, even as early as January, might be just what Krasic needs to recapture his form. And Manchester United could be the club to bring Krasic back to his best.
Should United Move for Milos Krasic?
United play a game concentrated on wing play and attacking through the flanks. The ball is funneled through the wings, pulling defenders out wide, allowing central players like Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Javier Hernandez to exploit the gaps.
United's wingers have license to attack and the freedom to create chances without constant defensive responsibilities. United's playing style would fit the Serbian perfectly, while allowing United to revamp their formation to fill the Paul Scholes void, as well as the void that will be left by Ryan Giggs.
Recently, I wrote why Wayne Rooney is an obvious choice to replace Paul Scholes. If United were to make a move for Krasic, United would add depth to their squad and be able to have another option in the attacking mid position.
A 4-1-2-1-2 with Ashely Young slotting in behind Rooney/Hernandez, with Krasic/Nani out wide is just one viable option. The addition of Krasic would allow United enough flexibility to move some players around, while adding top talent that will allow United to continue to challenge for top honors.