I'm reading this a lot lately. People saying we need a Keane replacement as in a player who does what Keane does but is younger and I'm finding it confusing. Let's be clear here, Keane in his 20's was a true box-to-box central midfielder not a defensive midfielder. He got into the box more times in a game then Gerrard does and got back to defend as frequently. As far as I am awares, thinking of Fergie's entire reign at the club, we have never had a DM at the club nor in the youth ranks. That is to say we have never had a Mascherano, Deschamps or Makalele type of player whose sole function was to destroy. The closest we've had is Nicky Butt..but basically he was just a CM who was poor in attack. None of the youth currently in our ranks are 'DM's.' They are all CM's, players who go box-to-box as per tradition of the club. I'm saying this because the occurances of 'we need a Keane replacement - get a DM' are becoming more frequent and it is quite baffling as I can't ever recall us ever going in for a sole funtioning DM. The likelyhood of us going in for a Mascherano type player seems non-existant to me unless the 4-3-3/4-5-1 is to become our new default system...as far as I can see, as soon as we have the correct midfielders again we will immediately go back to the 4-4-2 - it is what every level of youth learn: the traditional M.U 4-4-2 and I can't see us changing our tradition to the extent where Fergie ever buys a DM. He's never bought one why would he do so now? I can imagine us pursuing a Gerrard/Essien/Lampard/Baptista/Vieira/Ballack in an ideal world...i.e all players who whether attacking or neutral midfielders can all get back and defend but contribute a lot to the attacking aspect of the game either via their passing or by their goal contribution (or both if you're lucky) ...Robson/Ince/Keane/Jones?/Fletcher? kind of thing. I dunno if anyone else gets this feeling that Fergie is the type of manager that would rather take an attacking CM and teach him how to get back and defend (if he doesn't have that in his make up) rather then take a defensive type of midfielder and 'teach' him how to attack (I'm not sure it's a teachable skill? The best coach of all-time couldn't turn a Makalele into a CM) that's why I've never thought a player like say Gattuso will ever be in serious consideration for a spot here - he has the heart of a Fergie type player but not the attacking/passing skills of a Fergie central midfielder. This isn't a rant I just thought it was something that was worth pointing out. If we ever see a DM brought in during Fergie's reign I will be amazed.