Manchester United’s Midfield Woes: What’s the Missing Piece?

Manchester United’s midfield is currently facing intense scrutiny and fans are becoming increasingly concerned over their performance. After an underwhelming start to the season with disappointing results against Wolves and Tottenham, questions are being raised regarding its effectiveness.

Last year, when Erik ten Hag took over as manager, he swiftly addressed the issue by bringing in Casemiro, a five-time Champions League winner. This time, however, finding a solution has proven more challenging. So, what are Ten Hag’s options?

A New Signing: 

Ten Hag has been vocal about his desire to acquire a defensive midfielder, with Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina being a prime target. However, the club’s financial situation has made this a complicated process. While some players have been sold, the funds still fall short. Amrabat, who impressed at the World Cup last year, could bolster the midfield, but it’s important to note that he was initially considered a backup for Casemiro. Adapting to a new system with two similar players might pose challenges.

A Change of System: 

United has stuck with a consistent formation under Ten Hag, favoring a 4-1-4-1 setup. Mount’s arrival indicates a preference for two high-energy No. 8 midfielders. However, Mount has struggled to fit into this role so far. A possible workaround could be shifting to a diamond shape, adding steel to the midfield while retaining both Mount and Fernandes. This change could bring more control to the center of the park.

A Wildcard Youngster: 

United has an exciting young prospect in Kobbie Mainoo. At just 18 years old, he’s drawn comparisons to talents like Paul Pogba and Jude Bellingham. While he’s currently sidelined due to injury, Mainoo impressed during the pre-season. Ten Hag seems to have plans for him in midfield, potentially playing just in front of Casemiro, with Mount or Fernandes shifted to the right. Relying on an 18-year-old is a risk, but Mainoo’s potential is promising.

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As the season progresses, Manchester United must address their midfield issues. Whether through a new signing, a change in tactics, or the emergence of young talent, finding the missing piece is essential for their success. Fans will be watching closely to see how Ten Hag navigates this challenge.

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