Manchester United

£12M Benfica Powerhouse: Better Value Than Sneidjer, As Good As Scholes?

Having got off to a fantastic start to the season United’s recent form has been less than impressive, a draw at Stoke. That was followed by a terrible display in Europe against Basel, was backed up by an uninspiring and lacklustre performance against newly promoted Norwich who should have stolen the show at Old Trafford, missing countless chances. This all points to the gaping hole Paul Scholes has left in the middle of the pitch.

Ferguson’s pursuit for a centre midfielder went on for the whole of the summer with dutch wizard Sneidjer the number one target, however he was unable to land the Inter Milan playmaker and since Tom Cleverly’s injury United for once have looked absent in the middle.

Javi Garcia fits the bill, the spaniard has been in impressive form for Benfica this season, showing his creative skills, composure and ability to breakdown play in the middle of the pitch. The former Real Madrid player put in a solid performance when Man United played in Benfica and he will get a second chance to proove to Fergie he has what it takes, when Benfica come to Old Trafford on the 22nd of November in what could be the deciding match of the group.

It is reported that it will take around 12 million euros to pirze the central midfielder from the Portuguese side, it what would prove to be an astute signing for Premier League Champions who have been too often been exposed in the middle of the pitch since the Maestro Scholes retired and at just 24 the spaniard has plenty of time to proove his quality.

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