PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Italian side Roma have made an approach for the player, as a possible replacement for Daniele De Rossi who looks set to join Chelsea.
With David Moyes away on the first leg of Manchester United’s pre-season tour, it now seems very unlikely he’ll have the time and space to react to Roma’s interest, meaning United are bound to miss out on the player.
However, there are a few reasons why they shouldn’t be too bothered about missing out on a player who was tipped as the next possible greater midfielder set for Old Trafford.
Tom Cleverley still has a very big point to prove in a Manchester United shirt and he wouldn’t have taken to the rumours which have appeared this summer too well.
Cleverley will still very much feel as though he’s good enough to play a long term role in the current United side, providing support to the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney.
Cleverley is still a very young man at 23-years-old and he’s going to be a crucial player in the next few transitions from one United side into the next, naturally becoming one of the more experienced players at the club.
United have good players in central midfield positions and Carrick has turned into a player who reads the game possibly better than any other midfielder in England.
The necessity for United is getting in another creative attacking player who could support Kagawa in that role, hence why it would be a much bigger blow to United if Thiago completes a switch to Bayern Munich instead of heading to Old Trafford.
There was also a big question mark hanging over how Strootman would be used at United.
He was used as a creative and attacking midfielder last season at PSV Eindhoven, contradicting his reputation as a holding player. He scored just five goals in the Eredivisie playing that role last season.
United may not have been buying him just to sit in front of the back four and break up the opposition’s attacking play because you have to be a much more complete player than that to play for the Premier League champions.
Had United thrown a large amount of cash on getting Strootman, only for him to appear in a United shirt, confused over which role he was meant to be playing in the current team then it could have created inconsistency.
That would have led to pressure on the player and would have increased the feelings of frustration among the fans.
You just have to look back to the Sir Alex Ferguson era because had Fergie desperately wanted Strootman, he would have made it happen.
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