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Manchester United's Squad Review: Who stays or goes in midfield?

Friday 25th May 2018

In the last two summer transfer windows, Jose Mourinho looked to strengthen Manchester United’s midfield. He brought in Paul Pogba, then Nemanja Matic. While United’s midfield has improved, there remain inconsistencies. Add to that Michael Carrick’s retirement and Marouane Fellaini's exit, and there is work still to do. 

Mourinho mostly played with two midfielders in the season's first half. He shifted to a 4-3-3 formation in the new year.

United began well. Matic and Pogba combined to produce an inspiring first eight matches. The squad's form when downhill following Pogba’s injury. His suspension further added to the problem.

Mourinho brought in academy graduate Scott McTominay. Ander Herrera, last year’s Player of the Year for United, found himself relegated to the bench. 

The Basque finally worked his way into the side in spring. All in all, United's midfield is an uncertain mixed bag. Previous instalments have looked at the Red Devils' situation in goal and needs in defence.  Now it's the midfielders' turn under the microscope.

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Sayantan Dasgupta

Sayantan is a professional writer and freelance sports journalist writing for ItsRoundandItsWhite.co.uk, RealSports101, Sportskeeda and Open Veins of Football. He loves covering the Premier League and the Indian Super League and follows Manchester United and ATK (ISL).

He appreciates pragmatic football and unlike most, understands that the football's beauty lies not only in attack, but the balance between defense and attack. However, he does not forget the love, the flair, and drama of football. When not engulfed in the Premier League or the ISL, he loves to watch Italian Serie A and La Liga.

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