In the history of Premier League and Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson remains the greatest manager of all time though some of his team selections were still questionable.
Most notably, several of United’s midfielders have sparked discussion throughout the years. Fans were irritated by the performances of Tom Cleverley, Anderson, and (on occasion) Darron Gibson. Nonetheless, they all had a role in the Red Devils’ victories.
John O’Shea, Phil Neville, and (surprisingly) Rafael all had varying degrees of success in the center of the park. While less is stated about Eric Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson, less is spoken about them.
There were exceptions, such as Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Nicky Butt, and Paul Scholes, but United also had a history of lesser midfielders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be disregarding that area in order to strengthen elsewhere.
This summer’s transfer window was exceptional. A holding midfielder, on the other hand, was at the top of every fan’s wish list. Instead, United is depending on Fred, Nemanja Matic, and Scott McTominay, and the flaws are obvious.
Matic is a few years past his peak while Fred looks out of his depth far too often.
Under Ferguson, these issues may have been easy to ignore. The United legend had a way to turn his weaker teams into more than the sum of their parts. But the same cannot be said for Solskjaer.
United are faltering when they should be flying.
With a forward line the envy of clubs across the globe, and the best first-choice back-four we’ve seen in years, United should be firing on all cylinders. Instead, issues in the centre of the park continue to influence results.