Fergie's Weakness?

Time To Buy, Sir.

Central Midfield.

Sir Alex Ferguson inherited Bryan Robson and had Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Philip Neville come through the ranks. He of course bought Roy Keane from Nottingham Forest but as the old guard have moved on or retired he has has tried replacing them with Juan Sebastian Veron, Eric Djemba-Djema, Kleberson, Liam Miller (all failures) and now finds himself with Anderson, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson and young Tom Cleverley. He uses Ryan Giggs, Phil Jones, Ji-sung Park and even Wayne Rooney on occasions, but playing people out of position rarely solves a problem.

Ferguson claims he doesn't need to strengthen, but I'm sure even the most loyal Manchester United fan would agree that now Scholes has gone, none of the current crop can be regarded as top quality central midfielders (although Fletcher has been close in previous seasons and Cleverley could be in the future). Never was this more obvious than on Wednesday night, as Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote won the midfield battle with ease and - along with Demba Ba - inspired a frighteningly comfortable win for Newcastle.

That United have continued to win trophies in recent years is testament to the great man and the quality he has assembled in other areas of his squad(s), but surely the time has come for Fergie to bite the bullet. Despite just passing his 70th birthday he believes he has 3 more seasons in him, so if he wants to ensure he can combat the force that is Manchester City and realise his dream of winning a third Champions League title, he must spend on one, possibly two quality midfield players to improve the team (with a Scholes replacement the key) - if not in January then this summer. It doesn't have to be mega-money, but there will be deals available (remember Scott Parker cost Tottenham just £6millon and Tiote came to Newcastle for less than £4million).

What say you United fans? Do you agree that things need improving? And if so, who would you want the club to go for?

(Please don't say Luka Modric.)

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Never Manage Alone

You must be a member of Never Manage Alone to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Never Manage Alone. You should read them.

Join Never Manage Alone

You must be a member of Never Manage Alone to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Never Manage Alone. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker