Thiago, Kagawa and Carrick - Best midfield in the Premier League?

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Manchester United are closing in on the capture of Thiago from Barcelona for £17 million, which could complete their midfield.

Thiago’s presence would mean David Moyes has an immensely strong trio of the Spaniard, Shinji Kagawa and Michael Carrick around which he can base the rest of his team for the coming season.

One of the criticisms of United last season was that there was a lack of creativity from the midfield because Kagawa was forced to play out on the left due to the inconsistency of the wingers at the club.

That criticism should now be eradicated because Thiago and Kagawa are more than good enough between them to become the best attacking and creative pair of midfielders in the Premier League.

That’s not forgetting Michael Carrick who was arguably the best all round midfielder in the division last season.

Carrick can now concentrate on doing what he does best in United’s midfield; tackling, positioning, intercepting and reading the game.

He’s good enough to sit and pull all of the strings in the middle of the pitch, meaning United don’t need to go and buy a midfield enforcer to go into the side to start kicking everyone up into the air.

His presence is big enough and strong enough to get the respect of the opposition and he’s never been afraid to stick his foot in. The main worry is what United do if Carrick picks up an injury.

That’s also an area where Thiago is going to benefit United in an attacking sense because if he or Kagawa gets an injury, the other player is good enough to do that creative role in the side by himself.

Thiago and Kagawa also offer Moyes plenty of different options in terms of the system and the tactics he can use.

He can use both of them to form a five man midfield which will be very important for United when it comes to difficult away games and also the Champions League where the 4-5-1 formation has become common.

Add to that trio the benefit of having the exciting Wilfried Zaha playing in a wide position and the more reliable Antonio Valencia and United could start next season with a perfectly balance and very efficient midfield.

Kagawa has also proven that he can play down the left of the team, although that seems to badly effect his creativity but it’s an option and something that would allow Moyes to play Thiago, Kagawa and Carrick all the time, even in a four man midfield.

If Wayne Rooney stays then United don’t need to worry about the fact that Thiago and Kagawa are smaller players because Rooney can protect both of them playing as a forward, just behind Robin van Persie.

Thiago, Kagawa and Carrick should be able to play together frequently and if they do, United will have a very difficult midfield to break through next season.

How do you think Moyes should use Thiago, Carrick and Kagawa?

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