Kevin Strootman – A solution to Manchester United’s midfield?

Guest Post by Ronan Newell. 16. United fan from as long as I can remember. Go to games whenever I can. Big fan of Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Robin van Persie.

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David Moyes’ first signing must be Strootman.



Ask any Manchester United fan who they want bringing into the squad this summer and nine times out of ten they will reply with the name of a centre midfielder, someone to partner Michael Carrick.

The reasoning for this is simple; with Paul Scholes’ retirement, Darren Fletcher’s illness and speculation arising about Anderson’s future at the club, United are severely short staffed in the centre of the park.

If all three departed in the summer, it would leave United with just two central midfielders capable of playing regular first team football next season in Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley.

United fans will also tell you that we have relied on Carrick for too long and that Anderson’s on-off involvement in the first team is preventing young Nick Powell’s progression.

So, all things considered, this window is likely to see United finally sign an established central midfielder under new manager David Moyes. Who that midfielder should be splits opinions with the likes of Victor Wanyama and Yohan  Cabaye strongly linked with moves to the club.

But for me, there is one stand-out choice for United next season in 23-year-old Dutch international Kevin Strootman.

Strootman has admitted that he is open to offers this summer and with a price tag of around £15 million, he is well within the price range United would be looking at.

At just 23, PSV enforcer Strootman has already captained his country on the way to making 18 appearances and 56 for his club PSV. To be captained at just 23 is extremely impressive and it shows his leadership qualities, a character trait United fans have yearned for since the departure of Roy Keane. For someone so young, he has plenty of experience under his belt and being picked regularly for a national team as strong as Holland shows that there is certainly talent in the boy.

He also already has an impressive understanding in the national side with Robin van Persie and this relationship would certainly help him settle at the club if he was to join the summer. Alexander Buttner admitted that van Persie helped him when he made the move and it is likely he would do the same for Strootman.

Strootman is a box-to-box mifielder who is accomplished at winning the ball, full of creativity and energy, and has a natural ability to bring the ball forward and pick a pass. He is almost like a younger version of Carrick and that is precisely what United need, someone to partner Carrick and allow him to sit and dictate the play.

Bringing in a player of relative experience but at the young age of 23 would allow stability and it would certainly represent a long term investment – so the Glazers would certainly give it the green light.

Strootman has been linked with United for a while now and David Moyes monitored the Dutch international during his time at Everton.

Van Der Sar has given his personal recommendation for the signing and his current manager at PSV Dick Advocaat has been quoted saying that Manchester United would be a “good move” for Kevin Strootman.

Everything about Strootman and a move to Manchester seems to add up. He would be the perfect player United need to cement their midfield and prevent big games from being lost due to being overrun in the middle. All this in hand is why I believe Kevin Strootman is the ideal candidate to solve Manchester United’s midfield worries.

And we all love a Dutchman, right?

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