Manchester United should have bought Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder during the summer according to football pundit Mark Lawrenson.
Sir Alex Ferguson made reported endeavours to land the ultimately elusive Dutchman and Manchester United subsequently embarked on their Premier League title defence without signing a potential replacement for the recently retired Paul Scholes.
Lawrenson suggests Manchester United's midfield is lacking "a special creative force" on current evidence and the Red Devils are certainly missing Tom Cleverley and Anderson, whom are both injured.
Sir Alex Ferguson recently suggested he would not be entering the January transfer window in order to address Manchester United's perceived midfield weakness, but the Lawrenson suggests the Scot may need to reconsider even if he acknowledges the Red Devils are likely to be challenging for the title come the end of the season.
"Manchester United desperately need a spark from midfield. They look stronger with Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick." Lawrenson told the Daily Mirror.
"But they also need a special creative force in midfield. It's little wonder that Wayne Rooney has been dropped back into that area.
"United should have bought more quality in the summer. Wesley Sneijder would have been a perfect fit.
"They do have weaknesses and areas to address, but United are still a force to be reckoned with and they will get stronger as the season draws on.
"That is a Fergie trait and a sign of their strength and belief when it comes to the shake-up for major trophies."