Three midfielders Man United should sign this summer
Gregor Vasconcelos examines three potential Manchester United targets
Paul Pogba: the one who got away. It must be the greatest regret of Sir Alex Ferguson’s career seeing the young Frenchman leave to Italy due to a lack of playing time. That was less than three years ago, and now at 21, he is already one of the best midfielders in the world. An heir to Patrick Vieira, with added flair. United rue their mistake judging by the constant speculation linking the Red Devils with a move to lure the young talent back to Old Trafford. Pogba has recent revealed that he still loves his former club, which has encouraged them to follow through with this pursuit. At this stage, it seems Pogba has already outgrown the Serie A and a move to the Premier League would be the next step in him becoming the world’s most dominant midfielder.
Arturo Vidal is the synthesis of everything that is lacking in United’s lethargic midfield. The Chilean is, in short, a complete player. A hard, tough tackler without the ball, yet a perfect technician with it. Enthusiastic, full of running and fight, he is the perfect fit to lift United’s pedestrian midfield. He can play anywhere, as he proved during his time at Bayer Leverkusen when he played as a full-back, a defensive midfielder and an attacking midfielder. His natural m position in centre-midfield, though. The South American will not only provide the screen to the defence that has left United often so exposed this season, he will also add that spark going forward. Last season, he scored 19 goals and he made 16 assists.
Miralem Pjanic has been linked with Liverpool recently, as he continued to be touted as a potential replacement for Steven Gerrard. But he would equally fit the bill for the Red Devils. The driving creative force behind Rudi Garcia’s vibrant Roma side, Pjanic’s composure and craft are something that is sorely missing from Louis van Gaal’s side. It’s no secret that the Dutch manager would’ve preferred to sign his centre midfield partner, Kevin Strootman. That move didn’t happen in the summer due to concerns over his fitness and that is unlikely to change now that he has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign. In his absence, Pjanic has flourished and the way he dictates game would be welcome at a Manchester United with no creative leader.