Following Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester City, Paul Pogba has called for some sort of change at the club.
The Red Devils suffered a 4-2 defeat at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, following which the Frenchman has publicly come out and said the club needs a change.
“It’s all of us, we need to change something,” Pogba said during the post-match interview [via Sky Sports]. “We really don’t know and it’s something that we don’t understand but we have to find out very fast to compete.”
However, as things stand, the French international’s absence might just be what United need right now. But that brings up the question of who replaces him in midfield.
Although Scott McTominay and Fred may not be the flashiest midfield duo, they bring something that this team desperately needs right now – stability. Bruno Fernandes is more than capable of taking over playmaking duties, especially with the return of Marcus Rashford. A ‘McFred’ midfield could be what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to implement damage control and turn things around.
The Brazilian is great at finding Fernandes and McTominay offers a very significant physical presence in midfield. Discipline is key to playing in a pivot and that’s something the Scotland international and former Shakhtar man can boast about.
There is no doubt that the former Juventus midfielder is one of the most talented players in the league, but he does not have the profile a team looks for when damage control is an immediate priority. Furthermore, playing him at the left-flank restricts better options such as Marcus Rashford to get involved.
Solskjaer really should be looking at changing his setup in order to turn things around. So far, it seems like the Norwegian has applied the same tactics every single game and when eventually things went south, he failed to come up with a plan-B. Dropping the 28-year-old could be the one step he has to take back in order to take two steps forward in the title race.