Manchester United seemingly have no defined strategy as to how their midfield will operate next season should they fail to land Paul Pogba from Juventus.
The Reds are currently in pole position to sign the 23-year-old after Real Madrid reportedly dropped out of contention due to financial reasons.
But rumours that they are also keeping tabs on Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea as potential Plan B’s seemingly hint that they have no clear vision as to the type of engine-room operator they are seeking.
Pogba is regarded, first and foremost, as a box-to-box central midfield operator capable of regaining possession through tackles and interceptions as well as scoring and assisting goals.
Neither Fabregas nor Sissoko are most at home in the same brief.
The Spaniard is far more use in constructing attacks and providing killer balls than he is mucking in when the opposition have the ball.
United manager Jose Mourinho should know as much, having regularly shifted him from his midfield two into a number ten position at Chelsea for fixtures that required his team to be defensively stout first and foremost.
Meanwhile, Sissoko, whom French outlet Le10Sport allege is also being eyed as an alternative to Pogba should he choose not to rejoin the Old Trafford club, is an attacking midfielder most at home on the flanks of the trio in a 4-2-3-1.
The Newcastle man did prove, much to the Toon Army’s surprise no doubt, that he is more than capable of shining both defensively and on the attack for France during Euro 2016.
However, his exploits were perpetrated out wide rather than in the centre.
If Fabregas and Sissoko are United’s Plan B’s should they fail to bag the box-to-box midfielder they so clearly lack, then it is legitimate to question how far beyond ‘sign the biggest name possible’ their midfield plan B goes.