Last season showed Manchester United fans how much they require a central midfielder, someone who can string together vital passes to take back the trophy they so suddenly relinquished.
They got close, they only lost the title on goal difference after all, but in Europe their deficiencies really showed, gaining one point out of a possible six against Basel, and beaten home and away by Athletic Bilbao. The Bilbao defeats particularly highlighted the team's problems in the centre of the park.
Manchester United’s current central midfielders consist of Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Paul Scholes.
Michael Carrick improved last season at United, but still needs to step it up a level to convince the neutrals and take his game to the next level, both Fletcher and Anderson are nursing long term injuries or illnesses, whereas it is unlikely Paul Scholes can play week in week out, or at least United's two-game-a-week schedule.
Although Manchester United new boy Shinji Kagawa can play in a centre midfield role, he is untested in the Premier League, and to pin so much hope onto a new player is unrealistic, and he is more likely to play further forward as a number 10.
For these reasons I feel that United should do what it takes in order to bring Modric to Old Trafford. Modric has been a revelation in the Premier League with Spurs and is by far one of the best centre-midfielders in the league.
He is excellent in possession, good with both feet and can score goals, most importantly he can control and dominate a game.
Modric looks certain to leave White Hart Lane this summer, although the Spurs faithful will hope he stays, most are resigned to him departing. Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with the mesmeric Croatian, but where will he go?
With all three offering Champions league places, and Chelsea ironically at the expense of Spurs, will he be tempted to move away in order to enhance his career?
It certainly seems so, but the problem for United is that with each passing day, Modric appears to slip further from their grasp. Real Madrid have tightened the screw, offering a four-year-deal and reportedly Ricardo Carvalho in part-exchange, and Tottenham would prefer to sell him to a team outside the Premier League
United must up their offer, and do all they can to secure Modric's signature, even if it means paying more than it would like. He is the man who can take the team to the next level, and they need to make a late push to convince both Spurs and the player to do business.
Should United make a renewed push for Modric? Who can they look for as an alternative?
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