FanCast guest columnist Dan
Peters wonders who Sir
Alex will look to bring in to replace Paul Scholes.
If Paul Scholes ever needed any proof as to how
valuable he is to Manchester United, then I am sure that Fergie's glowing
tribute in midweek and talk of a new deal must have been music to his ears.
It must have been a welcome tonic for a player, who
many felt would be playing his last season in a United shirt, but as
performances have shown in recent weeks there is clearly plenty left in the
tank and the ‘Ginger Prince' doesn't see this season as his last hurrah at
As somebody pointed out on the site this week, a big
reason for Scholes' improved form this season has been the side reverting back
to a more rigid 4-4-2 formation, which gives him license to play ball. There is
no one that passes a ball better than Scholes in the country and if Fergie felt
it is difficult to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, then trying to find a successor
for Scholes will prove just as tough.
So how do we go about replacing him? Scholes is
extremely unique as a footballer and why the likes of Nani, Valencia and Tosic,
could eventually be groomed as the ideal replacement for Ronaldo; the same
cannot be said of Scholes. Michael Carrick, although passes well doesn't score
enough goals, while Anderson leaves us all undecided as to what kind of player
he is likely to be and what is his best position actually is – although I personally
don't believe he has the gifts in his game, to take on Scholes' mantle. It
therefore it seems Sir Alex will have to look abroad to find his man, as there
is no outstanding candidates here in England.
David Silva is a name that has been linked with
United this week and I wonder whether the Spaniard is seen by Sir Alex as the
ideal candidate to fill the void. Silva is extremely versatile, can play on
both wings, but is certainly no stranger to playing in a more central role when
called upon and why the Press have seemingly seen our apparent interest in him
as more of a replacement for Ronaldo, I just wonder whether Sir Alex would be looking
to deploy him in a more attacking central role – I mean why would he spend big
money on Silva to fill his shoes, when he already has Nani and spent out on
Valencia and Tosic, in the last two transfer windows?
Don't get me wrong I know that Silva is no carbon
copy of Scholes in his present form, but I believe he has the attributes and
passing range to do so. I just wonder if that is Sir Alex's thinking as well, because
I just fail to see what other purpose he would have in wanting to bring him in.