Youth coach says Everton’s £50m-valued product can solve midfield crisis

Former Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison believes Ross Barkley is the man to solve United’s midfield problem.

Manchester United’s midfield problem has arguably existed since their painful 2009 Champions league final defeat to Barcelona.

Many players have tried to fill the void left by one of Eric Harrison’s class of 92 – Paul Scholes – but have ultimately failed to impress.

This season, that integral part of the team has suffered so much that it has reached a point of desperation around Old Trafford.

Manchester United currently lie in seventh spot in the Premier League, and the all-important top four places seem too far away for such an inconsistent side.

One player who has shown ability beyond his years and could be that missing player at United is Everton’s former youth product Ross Barkley. The 20-year-old has impressed during Roberto Martinez’s debut season with the Toffees, so much that he is now a fledging England international.

Reported by the Manchester Evening News, Eric Harrison has spoken of his class and wishes the £50m midfielder follow in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney and make the move to his former employers.

He said: “I’ve seen him play quite a lot and he’s class, there’s no question about that. I do wish that he would come to United."

“He would help the area where we are struggling a bit at the minute – the midfield. He will play for a top club definitely and I hope that club is United and I’m in no doubt that he will also be a superb player for his country.”

With David Moyes’ involvement in his development, the Manchester United manager knows all about the Liverpool-born star and he should be at the top of United’s wish list this summer.

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