During the forthcoming international break, Manchester United supporters will have enough to think about.Over the last two weeks, United supporters have learned a lot about their club, and it appears that the momentum has shifted slightly.
Fans were ecstatic at the thought of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer establishing a credible title push when the season began. While this is still possible, there have been some recent setbacks.
In comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo's euphoric comeback against Newcastle, a recent run of two wins in six matches in all competitions has tempered the mood.United is still in contention for the title, but they must stop dropping points. Ther is a key player especially in the midfield that Ole needs.
Before Ronaldo's arrival in the summer, United fans were clamoring for the club to make a move for a holding midfielder, but nothing came to fruition, and it now appears that it will be a priority when the market opens next year.
United clearly lacks an outstanding expert in this area, as evidenced by their performances this season. Someone who is capable of doing defensive duties on their own. Solskjaer would also be able to play a more creative midfielder in the number eight position.
As we've seen, Solskjaer's attempts to pair Paul Pogba or Donny van de Beek with one of United's more solid midfielders have failed. They appeared to be far too open.
Because Fred and Scott McTominay are both dynamic and physical in the middle, Solskjaer frequently chooses them as his midfield pivots. With them in the team, United has a better chance of winning.
With "Mc and Fred," they have a 62 percent win rate, with an average of two goals for and 0.93 against; without him, they have a 52 percent win rate, with 1.73 goals per game. United also concedes a little more than once per game (1.15).
United has only lost one game in all of his appearances this season. That was the 2-1 loss against Young Boys, in which the Reds were reduced to ten men for the majority of the game.
Furthermore, whenever Matic has played, it has allowed Solskjaer to put a more creative player alongside him or let McTominay to play in more advanced areas. He can be efficient in offensive areas, as we saw in the Europa League final versus Villarreal.
Unlike McTominay and Fred, Matic has a goal and an assist this season, when he came off the bench to deliver a fantastic forward pass to Jesse Lingard, who scored late to give United the win at West Ham.
Matic has averaged 1.8 long balls per game, 86.1 percent throw accuracy, and at least one tackle every game when he has been on the field. Are they signals of hope? Yes, because United require someone who is at ease in possession while still considering the defensive sides of the game.
It remains clear that Matic is the key player United are missing in the midfield.
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