What exactly is wrong with Manchester United’s midfield?

By on January 21, 2011 - 38 views

Last week wasn’t the first time our midfield has come up second best, on New Year’s day against West Brom we were forced to abandon the 4-4-2 after the mighty Baggies proved too stern a test. Whilst we ended up taking the points from that game, the fact we were forced to do so was a damning indictment of the personnel on the field.

Whilst we can expect some creativity and much breaking up of play from Carrick and Fletcher, can we really expect much in support of attacking play? While their performance against Spurs was disciplined and aided our defensive showing, it did little to help in an attacking sense. As Anderson came on for Nani there was an injection of energy, his running with the ball will always be a threat but with questions over his final pass  still yet to be answered, he may only be the answer for now until he can show consistency in the final third of the pitch.

In Carrick, Fletcher and Anderson we have three men who each have key components to make a midfield tick but none of them at the moment for me scream of being totally competent individually. We have been blessed in the central midfield department recently and the options of Keane, a younger Scholes and Butt meant we were spoilt for choice; thus the problem we face now is magnified times ten.

What is wrong with United’s midfield? Do they need to sign someone? Give us your thoughts!

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