Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a chance to turn around Manchester United’s poor form before of crucial matchups.
Manchester United have a midfield problem, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a golden opportunity to find a solution.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to start over after missing out on a chance to go top of the Premier League with Saturday’s draw against Everton. However, when Donny van de Beek was left out of the Netherlands team for the forthcoming international break, the Red Devils manager has been given the perfect opportunity to discover an alternative midfield answer.
Despite the abundance of attacking quality at Solskjaer’s disposal, the question of how the United manager can strike the appropriate balance within his squad continues to rage.
With Harry Maguire out, Everton exploited the Red Devils’ defensive flaws, as Andros Townsend finished off a swift counter-attack to earn a draw at Old Trafford.
Up until that moment, United’s double pivot of Scott McTominay and Fred had put in a good work, but the latter was once again chastised after being brushed off the ball too easily in the build-up to Townsend’s goal.
Minutes later, Fred was replaced by World Cup winner Paul Pogba, who provided his team additional attacking drive from midfield.
However, neither he nor his teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho were able to strike a decisive blow, and United were forced to lose another late chance when Yerry Mina’s tap-in was ruled out for offside.
Solskjaer still has the dilemma of integrating his best attacking players into his system while offering enough cover from midfield in front of the defense after United decided not to sign a holding player during the summer transfer window.
Solskjaer, on the other hand, has Van de Beek to turn to in order to solve his midfield conundrum.
Van van Beek, a Dutch midfielder noted for his offensive and creative qualities, may not seem like the best solution to the problem.
He has just played five Premier League minutes this season after making four Premier League starts last season, so he hasn’t had the chance to show what he can do in a match environment.
Given his lack of minutes for United, the 24-year-old has been left out of Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and Gibraltar.
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