Recently it's been more common to see strikers being linked to Manchester United, but do United need another forward?
For example, people want Jan Klass Huntelaar, but at 28, the only other forward he would be younger than is the departing Berbatov, 31. We don't need to look for a fourth striker and we have Will Keane, though injured, rising up the ranks.
I'd prefer United to look at further reinforcing the midfield. Someone who can play behind Kagawa and alongside either Carrick, Scholes or even Modric, possibly. These three players are either too slow, too small or can't tackle. Darren Fletcher's football future is in doubt and I'd prefer Phil Jones' focus to be on becoming the world's best centre back. So, let's take a look at three players that can add some power and grit to United's midfield.
The obvious choice, with his reputation and proven talent, for the defensive midfielder role is Daniele De Rossi. Although pricey and unlikely to wear the red of United, the Roman is exactly the type of player United need and have lacked since the departure of Roy Keane. He has expressed a desire to play in the Premier League and with his complete set of skills, De Rossi can easily shift from defence into attack. With his no-nonsense approach to defence and high intensity levels, United can be driven on by his passion and dominate games.
Although he is prone to diving, I'm sure the United faithful would love to see him bully opposition all over England, and Europe, into submission while Kawaga and Rooney wreak havoc further up the field.
The next player to highlight is the Frenchman Yann M'vila. Although seemingly London-bound, it looks as though the Gunners have gone cold on any potential deal due to disciplinary issues. Should this deter United though? I'm not saying United have lower standards but has every Red Devil been an angel both on and off the field? Both Roy Keane and Eric Cantona had their problems both before and during their times at United. In fact, I'd rather not have a defensive midfielder who didn't have disciplinary issues. Ferguson managed to get the best out of Keane and Cantona and I'm sure he can do the same with M'vila.
The 21-year-old can deliver crunching tackles and is capable of hitting long balls towards the front men, either on the ground or over the top. Though he can be a little slow and will need time adjusting to the pace of the English game, I'm sure he would be a great addition to United.
The last player to look at is Kevin Strootman, who has been linked with United all summer. The young Dutchman is an incredible talent who can offer plenty to the Red Devils. He can break up opposing attacks with well-timed challenges and then surge up the field in support of the front men. He is at an age where United can mould him into the player they want. He's comfortable on the ball and has a powerful left foot.
Within the United shape, he would need to be more wary of playing to high up the field and will need to bring some aggression to his game. But I can see him developing into an excellent midfielder in the near future.
Of course there are plenty of other players who could play in a defensive midfield role, but these are the three I have identified as the best suited for Manchester United.
Calling all United fans: Who do you think Manchester should sign? Which position is of a higher priority? Whateve your view, we'd love to hear from you.