Considering the two senior signings of David Moyes’ Manchester United career to date – Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata – it’s quite clear that the Old Trafford boss is prioritising proven Premier League quality above anything else when it comes to new additions.
Which begs the question why the Red Devils never made a formal move for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye last month.
The France international, now in the hands of PSG, racked up 15 goals and 17 assists in 79 top flight appearances following his arrival on Tyneside in 2011 – a sensational return for a midfielder who can be best described as a deep-lying playmaker.
Furthermore, his capture would have addressed the disturbing creativity gap in United’s midfield engine room that David Moyes failed to address in any form this January.
The 28 year-old, a natural conductor in the middle of the park, would have made an excellent partner to Michael Carrick, sharing the England international’s ability to orchestrate but donning a more direct, ambitious passing game and greater mobility on the ball.
Admittedly, an injury-prone playmaker already at his footballing peak doesn’t provide the most long-term solution to the Red Devils’ midfield woes.
But Cabaye has consistently proved his worth in England and the Frenchman’s immense quality has left him sticking out like a sore thumb at St. James’ Park for some time.
It’s no wonder the French champions viewed £20million as a great deal for the former Magpies talisman, and it’s surprising Manchester United made no formal attempt to rival their interest in one of the Premier League’s most established and proven playmakers.