Because of two starting players, Manchester United has been warned to forget about winning the Premier League title.
On Saturday, one part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team was ‘bullied’ by Everton.
According to Darren Bent, Manchester United will never win the Premier League title as long as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists on playing Fred and Scott McTominay. Everton held United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan outclassing the midfield duo.
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United’s midfield deficiencies were exposed once more over the weekend, as Solskjaer’s side lost points at home for the second time in as many Premier League games.
The hosts were ripped apart on the counter-attack for Andros Townsend’s equalize, despite Anthony Martial’s first-half opening.
Despite a clear dearth of quality in defensive midfield, Solskjaer’s refusal to abandon his favoured 4-2-3-1 configuration has sparked much criticism this season.
The Norwegian manager’s only natural holding midfielders are Nemanja Matic and Fred, while McTominay, Paul Pogba, and Donny van de Beek are better suited to a 4-3-3.
Ex-Premier League star Bent outlined the advantages of Solskjaer’s starting lineup after United’s 2-2 draw with a depleted Everton side at the weekend.
However, he stated that if Solskjaer continues to select Fred and McTominay together, the Red Devils’ Premier League dominance will not be restored.
“When you look at his team from yesterday, I admire [Edinson] Cavani; he still seems incredibly sharp and hungry,” he told talkSPORT.
“Martial scored a fantastic goal, but his form has been inconsistent.” We’re familiar with [Bruno] Fernandes’ ability. Greenwood, Oklahoma [Mason]
“Fred and McTominay…,” says the narrator. Listen, they’re both good players, but I doubt you’ll win the league with them both in central midfield.
“You witnessed how vulnerable United were against Everton’s counter-attacks yesterday.”
Everton’s rivals, Allan and Doucoure, ‘bullied’ Fred and McTominay in the midfield tussle, according to Bent.
“You compare Doucoure and Allan to the two of them. They were completely bullied by them.” Marcus Rashford has returned to training and might make his United debut against Leicester City following the international break.
It would allow Solskjaer to relegate Pogba to midfield, effectively terminating the ‘McFred’ combination.
The time between now and the impending break in November could be the most crucial of Solskjaer’s presidency.
He’s under more pressure than ever to turn United’s fortunes around, and he’s doing so on a daily basis. “Brinkwire News Summary.”