the arrogants among some city fans is amazing though.
Utility player lol.
Good player on his day can be brilliant but hard to see him fitting into our system.
Rather we save our money unless it's dirt cheap (unlikely).
I don't buy this 'not strong enough' argument. Is Modric a tough guy? Scholes? Is Giggs a hard man? They can all play central midfield in a 4-4-2 no problem. As can Fabregas and he's not exactly built like a boxer.
That said, I don't think Nasri has the defensive ability or discipline to play in that role. Thus, he is not the player we need. If we could get him on the cheap then he would be a great acquisition as he is a great player - just not the one we really need. And if City are interested then that's 'getting him cheap' out the window.
The thing with our team and our preconceptions of a midifeld man to play CM in a 442 is partly down to our style of football and the mentality SAF has put into our team.
There is no doubt we werent the best team in the league last season man for man, but fergie has instilled this solid winning mentality into the team which means our central midfielders,have to be solid and strong and not leave gaps, leavin the wingers and strikers to chip in with goals. When we see a small framed player like modric and nasri we get worried that they wont be able to fit in and play in our system as they would stray forward and not defend. In any other team they would be fine, we just need to get back to the mentality we had with becks, scholes, keane and giggs - where our opponents would score 3 and we would score 4, unfrotunatley modern foootball doesnt allow this