By Ben Davies
I‘ve been banging on for two years (to anyone that will listen) centre midfield is a major problem for Manchester United, not that man Berbatov.
There is a lack of creativity from centre midfield with a 35 year old Paul Scholes still our most creative player. I love Scholes, he’s had a decent season however it is unfair to ask Scholes to perform to the high standards he sets himself on a consistent basis at this stage of his career.
Carrick has come in for heavy criticism this season, some justified some not in my opinion. Admittedly Carrick started the season slowly but since Christmas his performance levels have been to a decent standard, until recent games of course. It should not be forgotten Carrick had a stint playing in the centre defence so deserves a little slack in that respect. Perhaps Carrick is a bridesmaid – good, but not quite at the top tier of elite players?
Fletcher for the last two years has been sensational, he has turned himself from a player heavily criticised into a key member of the first team. Fletcher would probably admit himself he has less natural talent than Scholes but makes up with sheer hard work and effort. Fletcher is now a big game player and one of the first names on team sheet.
Similar to all absent players Anderson’s reputation has somewhat grown in his absence. Anderson still has plenty to prove in my opinion, think his reputation is slightly higher than what it should be at the moment. Of course Anderson is still young and has bags of potential. Hopefully Fergie remains United’s manager long enough to install good habits into the Brazilian.
Gibson has potential; we all know he has an eye for goal. The quality of passing in and around the penalty area is an area that requires improving. Perhaps this will come with experience..?
Unfortunately I feel Hargreaves is not the solution. We should take every game he plays as a bonus next season, there is no guarantee he can play week in week out.
From discussions on blog and forum it seems the popular solutions are:
- Joe Cole
Which midfielder would see solve the lack of creativity in midfield?
Is midfield not the problem, would you prefer another striker?