Man United to sign their next great midfielder or Fellaini Mark II?

first_img 6 Click the arrows for some of Manchester United’s possible midfield options this summer.With the pursuit of Arturo Vidal seemingly no closer to ending in his arrival at Old Trafford, and transfer deadline day approaching, can the Red Devils avoid ending up with Fellaini Mark II?Which midfielder would you like United to sign this summer? Comment below… Man United need to sign a top class midfielder – Click through the slideshow to see the midfield targets Van Gaal might sign – Manchester United’s defeat to Swansea has led to claims the club will spend big in the coming weeks in an attempt to address their deficiencies – and in particular, a light midfield – but the Red Devils should be wary. The Manchester side have made a habit of ‘panic buys’ in the recent past, over-spending on the wrong player, and a hastily bought new midfielder in particular could quite easily end up being another Marouane Fellaini. One buy that wouldn’t have came in a panic was Arturo Vidal, who the club had been looking at for some time, but just as David Moyes’ interest in Thiago Alcantara cooled last summer, so it seems the pursuit of Vidal may be scuppered by his age (27), injury history and low sell-in value in relation to a possible £40m fee. United need to look to alternatives, but can they avoid a Fellaini mark two? Click through the gallery above to see the midfielders United can target. 6 Luiz Gustavo – signed by Van Gaal before – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – One slightly different option could be Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo, who Van Gaal brought to Bayern Munich back in 2011. Gustavo is a pure defensive midfielder with the energy necessary to cover the entirety of the pitch, and would free up Ander Herrera and Juan Mata to focus entirely on creating goals. As a bonus, he can also fill in at centre back. Kevin Strootman – Van Gaal’s Dutch linchpin – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – The injury that ruled Kevin Strootman out of the 2014 World Cup means his importance to Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands outfit has been somewhat forgotten in recent months, but the Roma man was the heart of the Oranje prior to his physical troubles. The playmaker is exactly what United need, happy either creating or scoring goals and, above all, capable of controlling a game. The Italians won’t let him go without a fight. 6 6 6 Jordy Clasie – the ‘Dutch Xavi’ – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – Given Van Gaal’s faith in young players, one wildcard suggestion could be Jordy Clasie, another of his Netherlands World Cup batch. The Feyenoord man has somewhat exaggeratedly been hailed as the ‘Dutch Xavi’, but what is certain is that Van Gaal used him five times in World Cup qualifying, as well as twice at the tournament proper. Likely to be more easily available than Strootman, United may need to act quickly nonetheless, as Porto are also keen. 6 Miralem Pjanic – Strootman’s team-mate – click the arrow for more possible midfield signings – If Van Gaal can’t bring in someone he knows first hand, then an alternative could be Kevin Strootman’s Roma team mate Miralem Pjanic. The United manager will likely have had a chance to watch him first hand at the World Cup, and the Bosnian’s quality on the ball would certainly be an asset for the Red Devils. Axel Witsel – the acceptable Fellaini Mark II? – While there is a scarcity of quality midfielders available at the highest level, one man who could perhaps be tempted to move is Zenit’s Axel Witsel. At 25 the Belgian is approaching his peak years, so a chance to test himself at a higher level could be too much to ignore. Witsel marries all the qualities United need, with strengths both on and off the ball, and as a bonus, his understanding with Marouane Fellaine could even revive the other Belgian’s career.last_img read more