With the sacking of Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri on Friday, it was not going to take long before the rumours surrounding some of the Italian clubs players were going to do the rounds. Once again Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin has been linked with a move to Manchester United. The Daily Star suggest the Old Trafford club are now free to sign the midfielder, they even cite reports in Italy as the reasoning behind the reports, but is there any actual reports for this move to come about. In the run-up, during and after each transfer window there are many rumours, many have no actual basis.
It seems that the sacking of Mazzarri and with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini being installed as the new manager a matter of hours later, these reports are rife in the media, or that is what they lead you to believe. Guardian was linked to Manchester United in the summer, but he seemed to be a journalists safety net after all bets seemed to be placed on Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal heading to Old Trafford from Juventus, and when that looked like it was not actually happening, Guarin was linked to the club, or that was what it felt like in the summer anyway.
There are no doubts about Guarin, he is a good player, but is he the type of player United need. With the signings on Ander Herrera ad Daley Blind, although he is now injured and we are unsure how long he will be out of action, the only midfielder that United should be looking into signing is a box-to-box midfielder, which is how Louis van Gaal seems to be utilising Marouane Fellaini at the moment. Vidal would be that ideal candidate for United to strengthen their midfield, which would give them the best midfield since the early 2000’s. United do have problems in other areas at this moment in time, which really need to be sorted out before the midfield is paid anymore attention to.
At this moment in time, Mancini has not announced if he will be making changes to his side, many of his players will be on international duty, so they will not meet their new manager until later this week. Obviously the new manager will not be happy with a team that was built by other managers, so he will stamp his own authority on his side, but with at least six weeks until the winter transfer window opens, and European football being in their winter break, I am sure he will make some decisions between now and then as to which players he wants to keep, and which ones he doesn’t, the only person that knows this, will be him.