Rumours are circulating of a player-plus-cash deal for the CSKA Moscow playmaker with Dimitar Berbatov heading to Russia.
The 25-year-old shot to fame with Japan at the 2010 World Cup with the media labelling him the “Japanse Maradona” and Arsene Wenger calling him a “genius”.
He scored one of the tournament’s best goals with a stunning free-kick against Denmark and since then has continued to excel despite a string of injuries over the past year.
If the rumour becomes reality then it would add the creativity and flair where it is so desperately needed, with United short of quality players in the centre of the park and it would mean that Nani would no longer be allowed to waste a dangerous dead ball situation.
From watching him in the World Cup, last year’s Champions League and in Youtube videos, he has a left-foot that is both cultured and ferocious, coupled with a box of tricks that reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo.
On top of his creativity he has a magnificent work ethic and will to win that will help him fit in seamlessly to the Premier League and Manchester United.
However, while it would be an exciting arrival at Old Trafford and would add a spark to a currently lacklustre side, it seems Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for the wrong type of player. Honda has a good engine (pardon the pun) but he is not geared up (and again) to help support the defence and that’s where the real problem lies.
Unlike most big teams United do not use a natural defensive midfielder and when they employ Phil Jones there you can’t help but feel that the back four is weaker without him and with the current injury problems he is even more important in that area.
Apart from Jones the only other available option at present is Michael Carrick but it doesn’t seem to be a position that he impresses in. Although he comes under fire from fans, at the moment there is a place in the team for him, but not as a holding player.
With just under a fortnight left in the transfer window it seems that Sir Alex is forgetting to fill the glaring gap in his squad.
Bringing in the Japanese playmaker would add another attacking option to the team but they are already overloaded in that area with Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez and for now, Berbatov up front, Nani, Ashley Young and Valencia on the wings and the likes of Anderson, Scholes, Park, Giggs and the returning Tom Cleverley that are all forward-thinking players.
Having been previously linked to Arsenal and Liverpool it would be a great move to bring him to Old Trafford where he would certainly thrive and he is a younger, cheaper alternative to Sneijder but it is unlikely that he would solve the midfield problem at the club and if that is still an issue when the transfer window closes, it may prove costly in the title race.
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