Manchester United’s midfield looked to be a force to be reckoned with during the first half of the season. Though the import of Nemanja Matic looked like a great prospect on paper and on the pitch, situations have changed as the campaign has progressed.
The Serbian’s arrival seemed to have been the best thing that had happened to Paul Pogba since his return to Old Trafford. Matic was able to provide security and integrity in midfield, prompting the Frenchman to unleash his full potential.
Fast-forward to January, it’s starting to seem like Jose Mourinho’s near perfect midfield mechanism has started showing faults.
The signs started to emerge during the clash against Huddersfield Town at home, and the faults have since been exposed and exploited by Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.
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With all due respect to the players, a pair of midfielders with a net price tag of £139 million should not be completely dominated by Mohamed Diame and Jonjo Shelvey.
Meanwhile, alongside the fans, even the United players seem to have grown frustrated, and have expressed their concerns in a discussion in the dressing room.
According to Manchester Evening News, the attacking players had “urged the midfielders to pass the ball forwards more often” during the half-time talk against Huddersfield.
Further, M.E.N. added: “Certain players also took umbrage with some of the decision-making towards the end of the win at Burnley.”
Players such as Anthony Martial were seen visibly frustrated with the decision making of the former Juventus superstar during his side’s fixture against Burnley back in January.
It’s no secret that the Red Devils’ record signing has been culpable of the Mancunian giants’ recent disappointments, and could build up to something even more frustrating.
Nevertheless, hardly anyone would doubt the quality of the midfield pair, who can hopefully get back to their best if they were to fancy their chances in the Champions League and the FA Cup.