What exactly is wrong with Manchester United’s midfield?

By on January 21, 2011 - 38 views

Our resident Manchester United correspondent – Editor of TheBusbyWay – puts the middle of the park under the microscope…

“Our midfield lacks bite.” “There is little creativity and once Scholes retires it’ll only get worse.” “Why didn’t we sign van der Vaart/ Sneijder/Ozil?”

I’m sure at one point over the last 6-12 months you will have heard at least one of these comments or a comment very similar. The problem with our midfield has been quite obvious for a while and though good form from Darren Fletcher and Scholes continuing to defy Father Time helped mask the problem, slowly these won’t be things we can fall back on.

The game against Spurs was a real eye opener, we went 4-4-2 (some say 4-4-1-1 but forget that nonsense) and our weakness in the middle of the park was clear for all to see. The pairing of Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick is yet to win everyone over and last week was a prime example of why. The fact that Luka Modric, a player primarily known for what he brings to a game creatively, was able to complete more tackles and interceptions than both. To put it simply, Modric had their number both defensively and offensively.

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