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Fascinating Analysis Proves Manchester United Are Being 'Held Back' By Fred And Scott McTominay

Daniel Marland

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Fascinating Analysis Proves Manchester United Are Being 'Held Back' By Fred And Scott McTominay

A Manchester United fan have detailed exactly why the team is being 'held back' by midfield duo Fred and Scott McTominay.

Fred and McTominay have been the preferred midfield duo of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his arrival.

It's a position many believe needs strengthening and @Utd_Analytics on Twitter has pinpointed exactly why.

Both players started Saturday's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa and United were forced to 'go long' when attacking.


Raphael Varane can be seen in possession in the pictures above, but Fred and McTominay are dropping back into defence.

It means Varane is forced to pass it to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as neither man in midfield offers a way to break the lines.

Wan-Bissaka, similarly, has nobody to pass to in a progressive manner and has to hoof it forward.

The ball ends up with Luke Shaw on the opposite side and it was a constant issue throughout the game.

A follow-up tweet then states: "It was pure incompetence by our club not addressing this position. Now we've got players trying to learn on the job.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"Learn on the job at Manchester United you know. Won't see that elsewhere. Feel sorry for them, they're both number eights. Sh*t show."

One fans said: "A very terrible combination."

Another added: "It's a coaching issue, look how far up they are. They were told to stay there."

While someone else claimed: "We've been playing 6-0-4 formation. One is scared of asking for the ball and the other treats the ball like boiling water."

Kortney Hause's header late on gave Dean Smith's a massive victory at Old Trafford, with Bruno Fernandes missing a penalty after Hause's handball.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

United return to action on Wednesday evening against Villarreal in the Champions League.

They currently sit fourth in the Premier League with 13 points from their first six games.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images & @Utd_Analytics/Twitter

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Premier League, England

Daniel Marland
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