This summer United have dwarfed their spending from the past few seasons; spending a touch under £50m on Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David de Gea. One area that continues to be neglected however, is the one that every United fan would point to as in the most need of rejuvenating.
Even without the departures of Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves and likely exit of *conceals sniggering* Darron Gibson, United’s central-midfield was in dire need of a shake up. Best team in the World or not, Barcelona’s midfield showed United’s up in the Champions League Final in May, as an area lacking in steel and creativity.
If no central player is added, Anderson (once again) finds himself facing up to “the biggest season of his United career TM”. The Brazilian has shown on plenty of occasions that he’s more than up to the task of being first-choice at Old Trafford but has just as often given a poor account of himself and frequently fails to last a full 90 minutes.
United’s target to reignite the creative end of central-midfield, Samir Nasri now appears to be the Premier League’s hottest property. Several newspapers have now confirmed that United did indeed table a £20m offer for the Frenchman two weeks ago that Arsenal said wasn’t sufficient. Nasri is expected to hand in a transfer request in the coming days and with only a year left on his contract, Arsenal would much rather cash in on the 24-year-old than see him go for free at the end of next summer.
Even if Arsenal accept Nasri’s transfer request, it will just be the start of the saga. Arsene Wenger’s pride will not want to see Nasri join United and further cement the Reds’ domination over Arsenal. Some misinformed individuals genuinely believe that Wenger is a better manager than Sir Alex Ferguson, and it’s these panderings to the Frenchman that feed his ego and mean that any potential move to improve United’s chances will see Wenger cut off his nose to spite his face; by selling Nasri to other – equally as detrimental as United to challenging Arsenal’s hopes of success – suitors, such as Manchester City and Chelsea.
For all the rumours, don’t get your hopes up about Samir Nasri becoming a Manchester United player until you see him holding the shirt with a grinning Sir Alex Ferguson.