Man Utd have found the perfect replacement for Scott McTominay

25 Th2 2022 | 15:16

 The Old Trafford team still has a quality choice in the midfield, ready to fill the gap of the young Scottish star.

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The absence of Scott McTominay has had a significant impact on Manchester United’s play during the recent trip to the Wanda Metropolitano. With the Scottish star ill, manager Ralf Rangnick was forced to play Paul Pogba with Fred in the center of midfield.

This combination immediately revealed many flaws when both were underdogs in the face of disputes with Atletico Madrid’s midfield. Besides, they are also under constant pressure because of the impressive pressing ability from the striker duo Joao Felix and Angel Correa.
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Pogba had an unforgettable performance against Atletico.

McTominay is not the perfect defensive midfielder, but the 25-year-old has clearly done his job under Ralf Rangnick. If McTominay participates in the encounter with Atletico, the German strategist has every reason to hope that the midfield will easily control the game and find ways to launch counter-attacks.

McTominay is seen as the glue between the satellites in midfield. Therefore, the absence of the Scottish star makes the Red Devils’ play become sporadic, easily broken before the opponent’s ball up, even though Atletico at the moment has dropped significantly in form.

Only when Rangnick brought in ingenious changes did the game on the Reds’ side really improve. If young talent Anthony Elanga scored an important goal for them to continue to hope to continue, the move named  Nemanja Matic helped Rangnick neutralize Atletico’s midline.

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 Matic has helped Man Utd’s midfield strengthen the steel.

Matic provides a balance that is severely lacking, while providing the necessary cover for Fred to operate more freely. This adjustment directly led to the equalizer, when the Brazilian was in a higher position when he passed the ball to Fernandes – who launched the decisive pass to Elanga.

It can be seen that Man Utd have been trying to use Pogba as a defensive midfielder for the past six years, but the recent clash has once again shown their mistakes, especially against top opponents. . Now, the same infallible Red Devils repeat.

Although increasingly affected by age problems, at the present time, the Serbian star can still play at least once a week. 

Possessing a disciplined defense, tactical acumen, composure and his simple but effective passes could help Man Utd temporarily close the gap left by Scott McTominay.

At the age of 34, the former Chelsea star is still holding an important role with the Red Devils squad.