Manchester United succumbed to their second successive home defeat on Saturday, for the first time since 2002. Newcastle won 1-0 thanks to a Yohan Cabaye goal to pick up their first win at Old Trafford for 41 years.
Manchester United again suffered in midfield as Cheick Tiote and Cabaye ran the game for Newcastle United. David Moyes has tried out a number of combinations in midfield so far this season. Yesterday Phil Jones partnered Tom Cleverley in the centre of midfield. Neither made an impact in the game, and United just lacked any real creativity. Anderson was given a rare appearance from the substitutes bench, but it was The Magpies midfielders who stole the show.
The Red Devils have been linked with adding further midfielders to their squad in January. Koke of Atletico Madrid and Ander Herrera of Athletic Bilbao have both been mentioned. Personally I think Yohan Cabaye is exactly what they need. A player who is tough in the tackle, and capable of taking the ball forward and finding gaps in the opposition's defence. The Frenchman is also deadly from set-pieces as Manchester United will well know from his goal against them in December 2011.
Cabaye is a creative midfielder who can bring others into the game. Arsenal put a bid in for him in August and he would have fitted into their style of football well. He has said that he would like to be at a club in the Champions League. As things stand however, he has more of a chance of that with Newcastle rather than Manchester United.
Moyes will have been impressed with Cabye's performance against them, and he could well be on his radar for January.
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