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Scholes replacement may ALREADY be at United

It has long been accepted that football is a game of opinions – and long may it remain so. While one can genuinely be believed by many, just as many others will never be able to accept it. It’s one of the reasons that makes the game such an obsession with fans. Which brings me to one name which divides opinions among the Manchester United faithful like no other – Dimitar Berbatov. While few will ever dispute that the Bulgarian is one of the most talented and technically gifted players in the Premier League, a large number insist that he is simply not suited to United and the club will be far better off without him.

Rightly or wrongly, the writing now seems to be on the wall and the critics appear to have won the argument. Sir Alex Ferguson could not have given a stronger indication of it than when he completely omitted Berba from the squad which faced Barcelona in the Champions League Cup Final. I must admit that I still have my doubts however simply because I have always been one of Berbatovs’ greatest admirers.

Let’s not even consider the fact that the man has just shared the Golden Boot award with Manchester Citys’ much admired Carlos Tevez, the nagging doubt in the back of my mind is whether Berba is REALLY a traditional striker despite the £30 plus fee Ferguson paid for him three years ago.

Does anyone remember Johan Cruyff at his peak with Ajax, Barcelona and Holland? Perhaps Michel Platini at Juventus and France? And many others? Where they ever regarded as out and out strikers like many United fans expect Berbatov to be? Of course not.

The bottom line is that despite the many opposite opinions I expect to get, it’s still worth asking what a £25m or more Modric, Sneijder or anyone else can offer Sir Alex in his search for a Paul Scholes replacement when a settled Berbatov is already at Old Trafford?

In addition there’s a fact that must never be forgotten. Young midfielder Tom Cleverley has been coming along in leaps and bounds. In the next couple of seasons he may well become the ‘new’ Scholes without Ferguson having to outlay millions to replace a legend.

Would you like to see Berbatov remaining at Old Trafford?

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  1. siggsigg says:

    cleverly is not the next scholes he is just a decent player. but pogba will be uniteds star midfielder in the near future

  2. siggsigg says:

    well we dont need a creative midfielder as bad as we need a defensive midfielder no matter what youll say about carrick or fletcher theyre not world class as can be seen better by how exposed united are when theyre not in control of the ball over 60% of the time

  3. Frank Scicluna says:

    Hard to disagree siggsigg but Phil Jones could be that man with Paul Pogba on the horizon. As usual, Sir Alex seems to know what he’s doing.

  4. bruce thomas says:

    We’re skint. There’ll be no Modric or Sneijder. The Glazers have pikied all the cash and we’re left rummaging in the bargain basement. It’s the same shit every year — big signings hinted at. None arrive. With no world class midfielders, sooner or later — probably sooner — the slide down the table will begin. LUKG

  5. Martin says:

    Whats all this Glaser bashing for?? They have already backed the boss for Jones, Young and probably De Gea… Utd have offerd 30 million for Sanchez and had a look at Sneijder if all the papers are to be believed.. This is an outlay of nearly 100 million. I think people are underestimating the quality of last years Youth team midfield, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison are exceptionally talented young players and I believe 1 or even 2 of these guys will make it to the very top in football(for me it will be Tunnicliffe and Pogba).

  6. alan linker says:

    To be honest the holding midfielder is the priority and I hope we get Lassana Diarra. Because believe it or not Rooney now plays the classic Scholes role behind the striker. Fergie knows what he is doing and how he needs to improve his squad.

  7. Jude Tule Walsan says:

    This is ridiculous.What a boring article.Manchester United doesn’t need a make-shift midfielder in Berbatov.Paul Scholes as a midfielder in his prime would give you 20 goals.Berbatov can’t do his job as an attacker let alone a midfielder.I always feel sad when I hear about changes to be made.What changes?.After that huge defeat to Barcelona,Sir Alex said something about United’s desire to dominate Europe.Then a couple of weeks later he lets Alexis Sanchez with no option but Barcelona.You want to conquer Europe,you need those players,such players.That is why Barcelona bought David Villa and you saw what he did.Madrid will be a menace next season thanks to such players.Manchester United need to wake up and the Glazers open their cheque books.If we don’t get Sneijder,I fear for our European quest.

  8. BOBDIGI says:

    Sneijder’s class, but he doesn’t have the mobility or defensive ability to sit in a 4-4-2. if we sign him, he has to play as a number 10, which means dropping Hernandez and shifting Rooney further forward. I’m not sure it’s worth it. at least Modric has the workrate to get up and down the pitch for 90, even if he’s fairly quiet in the final third. if we play 4-4-1-1 like we did at the back end of last season, he’d slot in nicely in place of Giggs.

    watching Cleverly for the U21s, he’s talented, but nowhere near Paul Scholes.

    Berbatov is talented, but immobile and United’s style of play is best-suited to players who create space with their runs and stretch the play. he’s truly gifted, but makes the team predictable.

  9. steph laws says:

    I agree with this article partially but what I wanna say is that loosing out on sanchez is very devastating but we can promote some players for our academy, pogba morris can even do better than the likes of modric etc

  10. O dozie says:

    Manchester united is well known all over the world for speculations that wont materialize.why would a team keep deceiving it’s fans by entering the speculation market.if man united need to build now,they must act now or they stop deceiving us

  11. Lexxy says:

    Dont write this kind of article ever again. It is frankly ridiculous

  12. Moses says:

    i Think its time for Sir Alex to wake up from is slumber, for how long are we going to continue deliberate on one issue till when transfer widows would be close? if Sir Alex and the Glazzer are not ready to buy top name players like sanches sinaijer or Modric they should just forget about winning any thing for come next season. i think we need this people who can create and win team hearth.

  13. Otim Thomas Rays says:

    A number 6 is long overdue since the departure of Roy Keane. How else could SAF watch Messi & Villa taking those shots outside the box without anybody attempting to block/throw his body along the way , without him noticing the gaping hole?
    Am sure SAF will plug that hole & Barca/Europe will fall at our feet again.

  14. DAMO says:

    ha ha…. listen to all these wannabe managers. all thinking they know better than SAF, the most successful manager of all time. if the man went into the jungle, picked the biggest ugliest ape, shaved him and told him to kick a ball then i would support him. why???? because i trust his judgement. if SAF decides to sign a player then its for good reason.
    why dont you all just stick to what you can only ever be…. supports of football. especially you ” Lexxy ” what a comment, and shows you for the fool you are!!!

  15. Ratty says:

    Berba can never replace paul sch wat we need re player’s like modric nasiri and snider.berba hav tried last 2 season let him try his luck elsewere. Farewell berba

  16. Snazzy_devil says:

    I don’t think that United are going to make any big signings this summer, it seems like they looking more at buying young talent for the furture, so we shouldn’t get our hopes up we just need to prey that they able to stay on top like they always do, i think if they don’t buy any big players they should use Jones in the Midfield with Rooney or Berbatov or even try Nani i’m sure they can make that work, all 3 players are talented and i’m sure adaptable

  17. Paco says:

    Thats Rubbish ! Why are you Guys Ignoring Anderson ! He’s Been Great But Everytime He Progresses,SAF relegate Him On The Bench And Am Sure This Season He gonna PLay Atleast 23 Of All Manchester United Games ! Its Been Comfired With A Memember Of The Squad! So Relax Guys !

  18. kim firth says:

    ok whatever,we will still be behind barca for the next forseeable future,have no doubt about that!n thats why SAF is not freaky about it either.you need time and use funds wisely(not like chelshits)in order to come with a team that can truly challenge any in the footballing world.
    next season will just be the beginning of that long road to dislodge barca off their perch

  19. ando says:

    I know ppl will hit the roof but i have been watching alot of acadamy football and there is one real up and cumin star we should go for and he plays for liverpool.he is the best midfielder i have seen in a long time and i have been watching football for a very long time. I am sure if SAF went for him he would come and why wouldn’t he becaus sterling is going to be 1 of the best footballers in the world in the next few year I think .

  20. lexxy you should watch what you say, this is a good article but am afraid i disagree with you. Berba cant play for united much less next season, he is talented but not the quality that can win us big games. I feel he should be sold and we need real good midfielders of the likes of modric or nasri. I dont think sneider is as good as he is often rated. For me we DONT NEED SNEIDER BUT MODRIC WE REALLY REALLY NEED. As for hernandez we have a great striker in him and the world should watchout becoz with rooney and hernandez upfront we shall be on fire. Messi and villa, well, barca are too good at the moment but if we get modric and young in the team we have another manutd barca final and this time manutd wins.

  21. chidera says:

    united just need sneider or modric and nothing more

  22. WOZZA says:

    YA CLEV IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED IN MIDFIELD ! NO NEED FOR THROWING MONEY AWAY
    ON FOREIGNERS !!

  23. Jumping Jesus says:

    I totally agree with the guys singing the praises of Paul Pogba. He is the most exciting young United midfielder I have seen since, well, since Fergie started deploying a young Paul Scholes there. He is gonna be a United crown jewel sooner rather than later.
    Berbatov a replacement for Scholes? No chance. He can stroke the ball around but he isnt tenacious like Scholsey and he doesn’t strike the ball from distance like the ginger prince and… Well, he’s just a different player. He plays where he plays. It would make more sense to suggest Rooney as a replacement, but that’s not a solution either. We need a proper Midfielder and until Paul Pogba matures, I would say that it has to be someone like Sneijder

  24. Jumping Jesus says:

    ….and I just don’t get the whole Modric thing. Overrated. 1 Sneijder > 10 Modrics. Let the weasel faces little sh1t sign for the rents

  25. desmond tutu says:

    okey you guys amuse me and amaze me. Allow me to ask a few qns; Which united player scored a hatrick against liverpool? Which united player won the golden boots? Which united player introduced chichas to the premier league while wazza was demanding lots of cash? Which player said its a dream come true to play for united apart from javier hernandez?
    I do not know the answers
    Berbatov has a way of his own of doing things, may be you guys need a faster player but that is gold pure gold, who knows, he could have perfomed some magic at wemberley who knows.
    DB9 is slow but sure just like in Africa where they say “no hurry in africa”

  26. Snazzy_devil says:

    I agree with Desmond tutu Berba was carrying united when Rooney was more worried about how much money he can squeeze from united, maybe if he hadn’t united would have had money to spend on other players like Modric and gang, but if you put it into prospective and you remove Berba and his 20 goals not forgetting his assist from the equation united would not have won the league. But anyway that does not matter now what matters is that United don’t have a true midfielder to replace Scholes, and Anderson so no way near Scholes, so unless Fergie is planning to pull a rabbit out of a hat or in this case a class midfielder United got a long way to go before they can even dream of catching Barca

  27. lujosh says:

    what do you mean? 10 modric=1sneider, listen, modric is world class and already has premier league experience. Snieder jst doesnt tick for me-HE IS OVERRATED. modric we really need at united. Thanks to berba but he can never solve our midfield problems. Buy modric fergie and united will be european champs next season.

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