Sitting top of the Premier League and in the latter stages of the Champions League should hardly constitute a poor season, however the media and all in sundry would have you believe otherwise as they continually throw column inches at this apparent decline at Old Trafford. To think only 12months earlier they were hailing us as the greatest team the country has ever known, as we were on the brink of completing an unprecedented quintuple.
That is the football world for you where a pat on the back is a few feet from a kick up the ass and while I accept that we haven’t been at our best this season, talk of decline has been somewhat premature. We have been sloppy at times, thrown away silly points in games, but so has the rest of the Premier League in all honesty. I agree we have lost a bit of potency in the final third; however with the likes of Valencia improving week on week and players like Diouf adding reinforcement upfront, it is far from the bleak picture that is being painted in some quarters. The weakness in this United team is in centre midfield and when we are struggling in certain games, it is even more noticeable.
Unfortunately the answer to this solution Hargreaves has incredible misfortune with injuries and it has cost us dear. I don’t know how long Fergie can continue to remain patient as we miss that midfield general that not only provide that bit of bite and fight in the centre, but will also see that the backline is fully protected. The likes of Rio, Vidic and Evans have been exposed for far too long and I just wonder how much longer Sir Alex can ignore this obvious flaw in our current set-up.
Whether the rumours are to be believed and if United are interested in Moussa Sissoko remains to be seen, but they really should be. Sissoko is the bright young hope of French football, a wholehearted box to box midfielder and seen by many as the New Patrick Viera in the national team. In fact it is the emergence of Sissoko as to why Viera has had to seek refuge at Wastelands due to him losing his place to the 20 year-old in the squad. Sissoko has been in sensational form for Toulouse this season and has scored 8 goals in 27 games and although he recently signed a contract extension, has had a buyout clause finally inserted having seen a move to Tottenham turned down as the clubs couldn’t agree a fee. Sissoko could bring that bite and solidarity that the midfield currently needs and the all action midfielder that in many we haven’t witnessed at Old Trafford since Keane. We had hoped that Hargreaves would fill that void, but unfortunately we haven’t had the opportunity to assess that in the past two and a half seasons. Sissoko is one of the best young midfielders in Europe at present and really too good an opportunity to pass up, especially at the £18m that has been quoted.
Would Sissoko be a welcome addition at Old Trafford?
Written By Kevin Price