Have Manchester United found their next Paul Scholes?

Much has been made of the lack of creativity in the centre of midfield for Manchester United since the ageing and initial retirement of Paul Scholes. An attempt to sign Wesley Sneijder was thought to have been made last summer, while countless deep-lying playmakers have been linked with a switch to Old Trafford since. However, could Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze be the answer

The Germany international playmaker has been on the radar of top European clubs for a number of seasons now, but it appears that the wonderkid will be a major target for many this summer. Despite being tied down to a long-term contract to the Bundesliga champions currently, Gotze has recently admitted that a switch to a top European club, such as United, would be hard to resist.

“Clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United are attractive, other top leagues would dominate you and you could develop.”

United are by no means desperate for a central midfield maestro, given the passing ability of Michael Carrick and the clever footwork and industry of Tom Cleverley. That said, with Anderson ineffectual and seemingly on his way out of the club and continued doubts over Darren Fletcher’s fitness, Sir Alex Ferguson would be well advised to invest in someone to give the side a shot in the arm from the centre of the park.

Mario Gotze

Someone like Gotze would obviously provide that spark. At 20 years old the Memmingen-born player has the world at his feet, and is set to be an immense talent over the next decade, or longer. With 20 international caps in a top Germany team already under his belt it would be no surprise to see him make 100 appearances for his homeland before he finally hangs up his boots.

The fee to persuade Dortmund to sell would be considerable, plus the player has made no great shakes about leaving Signal Iduna Park. However, as good a side as Dortmund are, it is only natural that Gotze will want to play for one of Europe’s top historical sides if he progresses at his current rate, and the opportunity to move to Old Trafford would certainly appeal to him.


About Gareth McKnight
I am an enthusiastic and dedicated freelance football writer, with a passion for the beautiful game. I am a lifelong Spurs fan, and ninetyminutesonline is my thoughts on the current affairs of world football.

2 Responses to Have Manchester United found their next Paul Scholes?

  1. John says:

    Gotze is a terrific player but I can’t see him leaving this summer. Dortmund are a big club and he is only 20. I think he will know that the best thing is to stay where he is for another 5 years and then consider moving to another country. The German league is excellent and German players are not known for leaving their homeland to often.

    As for Man Utd, we do need a central midfielder. I guess the goal return and assist that Gotze has delievered is what we hoped for from Cleverley. However Cleverley is still a developing talent and is only completing his first real season with Man Utd. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will talent like Cleverley, Welbeck, De Gea and Jones. I do think we need a powerful midfielder to join like Kevin Strootman.

    Another reason we don’t need to splash £40 million on Gotze is because we already have Paul Scholes replacement at the club. His name is Nick Powell and he will become a top midfielder for Man Utd by the time he is 20.

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