Manchester United is a club with a history packed with great midfielders. From Sir Bobby Charlton through to Paul Scholes, the Red half of Manchester have historically been blessed with a host of central park play talents. These players have been artists, fighters, soldier and creators, often all at same time, tearing up the pitch as box-to-box midfielders.
United's current weakness lies at the heart. Gone are the days when Roy Keane marauding and marshalled his way through the middle ground, dominating foes and driving on his team to glory. Beyond Keane, the saturated stills of the 80's deliver us Bryan Robson, the ultimate midfielder general, and United's former 'Captain Marvel'.
A combative yet highly skillful player is the sort of inspirational firebrand United currently lack, but such operators are hard to come by in the modern game. Before rivals snapped them up, Yaya Toure and Michael Essien could have been worthy recruits, but their obvious unavailability means eyes must be cast elsewhere for potential targets.
Here are 10 players who could renovate United's midfield, not all of which are realistic...