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No one drives the midfield like Essien Does, not even that Irish Hot Head Roy Keane.

I always thought Essien should play in the attack and Mikel in the holding. Ballack could also do the holding role but Essien in the attacking midfield will be fantastic for us.

Do you mean just behind the forwards or in the middle with lamps ?

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To be fair I would say that Essien , Lampard . Ballack , Joe Cole , John Obi Mikel or Florent Malouda would walk into the modern day Man Utd midfield. It genuinely is the worst midfield that Man Utd have had in like 20 years.

However no doubting the quality of Essien. I think at the start of the season Ancelotti's plan was to play Essien in the more attacking right hand side of the diamond ( the Ballack role now ) but Mikel failed so spectacularly in the holding role that Ancelotti had to shift the ever reliable Essien into that role. That being said Ballack has been excellent this season , if Mikel keeps playing like he did against Wolves then we have a top class holding midfielder and it will allow Essien to play in the role originally designed for him.

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