Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defined what he is looking for in central midfield as the Norwegian boss approaches his three year anniversary as Manchester United boss.
Having led the club to sixth, third and second place in his two-and-a-half seasons, the former United striker has furthered his status as a fan favourite at Old Trafford.
But with a couple of squad improvements to make until he gets the squad he wants, Solskjaer won’t rest just yet.
The midfield area is a real component of concern for United with Fred and Nemanja Matic’s poor form.
And with Solskjaer having played alongside midfielders such as Roy Keane and Paul Scholes in United’s glory years, he wants someone to fit into that category.
“I’m not here to explain every single detail of how I want my team to play. We want a central midfielder who can play,” Solskjaer said.
“Today’s football is about whether he’s a good six, eight, 10.
“Back in the day you had proper midfielders, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson.
“You see players out there who can attack and defend and that’s what we look for, midfielders who are complete and we try to develop that in our midfield.
“It’s a balance between how many you commit forward and how you defend because one little mistake and there’s a counter attack towards you.”
It may appear that Solskjaer is being harsh on his current contingent, but with the United fans baying for a title – their first since 2012-13 – he cannot rely on sentiment.
“Overarching philosophy… I don’t sit here and claim and talk… football is a simple game and it’s about making good decisions and being in a team,” he continued.
“Sometimes we look too much into the all intricacies and its passion, its desire – who wants to win the ball? Which one of the strikers has the desire to get on the end of crosses?
“You can talk about all sorts, it looks nice on paper. But when you go out on that pitch, it’s who wants to win, that’s one of the big things.
“You want winners and I think I’m getting there with my team, team players.”
United continue their Premier League campaign with a tie against West Ham on Sunday.