Manchester United might sign a midfielder this January! However, those among of us who still dream of a classy continental schemer or of a tough-as-nails enforcer are set to be partly disappointed for the man on David Moyes’ radar is only 18 and, however promising he might be, he isn’t likely to solve United’s problems immediately, were he to join United.
The Independent reports that the United manager has been keeping a close eye on Derby County’s midfielder Will Hughes, one of the most promising prospects in English football, and Moyes is thought to be keen to secure the 18-year-old in January, while United could consider the opportunity of allowing the youngster to conclude the season on loan at Pride Park, as Sir Alex Ferguson did with Wilfried Zaha last season.
Amidst all the fuss about Adnan Januzaj, his contract and which international team he would play for – England are a lowly 16/1 – Hughes has gone through the start of the season under the radar with consistently good performances.
Hughes, who has been linked with Liverpool among other clubs, enjoyed an excellent 2012-13 season, earning his England U21 debut and has continued his fine form this season, prompting new Derby manager Steve McClaren to admit that it will be hard for County to hold on onto their prized asset in January and in next summer’s transfer window.
“Our job is to make sure he makes it,” said McClaren of Hughes, who scored County’s third goal in a 3-1 win against Leeds last Saturday. “Eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him.”
The 18-year-old can play anywhere in midfield and his versatility has played a pivotal part in him totalling 50 appearances for the Rams, after being promoted to the first team by former County manager Nigel Clough in the 2011-12 season, only months after he joined the Derby County Academy.
While Hughes would hardly be the cure to United’s long-lasting midfield malaise, but with Ryan Giggs almost certainly set to retire at the end of this season and Michael Carrick on the wrong side of 30, David Moyes could do worse things than start planning for the future of United’s engine room.
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