Juan Mata Could Solve Manchester United’s Tactical Problems

Manchester United's Juan Mata celebrates scoring their first goal.

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Manchester United are in a spot of great trouble as they faltered yet again, this time against Watford City in the Premier League, with the bottom-placed side serving the Red Devils a 2-0 defeat.

The lack of consistency has been baffling to fans of the Mancunian giants who have seen their side secured incredible wins against some of the top teams in England while often struggling to open accounts against the lower-placed teams.

However, the bigger flaw may lie in personnel selection and a familiar name has some ingenious words of advice.

Gary Neville was open in his comment on what is going wrong at Old Trafford, stating to Sky Sports: “They’ve had problems against teams who essentially defend deep, who are compact.

“Even last week against Everton, when Everton got into their shape. So the games that have been causing United problems have been this type of game.

He then goes on to state what could be the possible solution for his former club: “But if United are going to try and get into the positions where Tottenham and Chelsea are looking to get to, they have to start winning these games. The players have got a real problem, they haven’t got enough creativity in the final third when they play against a deep defence, it’s as simple as that.


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The difference, according to Neville, could be made by one player, in particular: “They prefer counterattacking, so that’s the issue. It’s a problem for United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got to try and get around it.

“He’s not used Juan Mata that much, but he is the one who potentially could find passes in tight spaces, so whether he could be introduced. Something like that might change it in these types of games.”

Will the former Chelsea player make a difference for United’s plight?