3 things we learnt from Man United’s 1-1 draw against Wolves: Defence might bail out Ole’s midfield.
Manchester United’s central midfield weakness
Manchester United’s midfield of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay with Jesse Lingard playing ahead of them, had a good first half, as the trio battled and dominated the ball, but things went the other way in the second half. The addition of Adama Traore to the Wolves team in the second half stretched the game, and United lost the stranglehold on the game, which eventually resulted in Wolves scoring the equaliser.
Pogba and McTominay weren’t as effective, with the latter misplacing a few passes, while Lingard did not have influence in attack or defence. This will be a serious worry for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his other options in midfield are Andreas Pereira – who is a bit-part player; Fred, who flopped last season, and Nemanja Matic, who is no longer the player that he was.
Manchester United’s defence has improved significantly
In the first half of the game, Manchester United bossed the midfield area, thanks mainly to the defence which played a high line and suffocated Wolves of any space. All four of United’s defenders did well, especially Harry Maguire, who was strong in the tackle, made key interceptions and blocks, and even, at times, drove forward with the ball.
Another summer signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, also had a very good game at right-back, hardly allowing Wolves left wing-back Jonny, to attack. United’s defence could possibly bail out the weak midfield this season if we are to go by the first two games of the season.
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