Manchester United won’t problem for the Premier League title with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes enjoying in the identical workforce. That’s the opinion of former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.
Murphy believes a midfield together with Pogba and Fernandes makes United “too offensive” as they give the impression of being to construct on their third-placed end from final season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect have began the 2020-21 marketing campaign with a win and a draw within the league, shedding at dwelling to Crystal Palace earlier than edging previous Brighton 3-2 on Saturday, because of a dramatic last-gasp Fernandes penalty.
“I stated intially when Fernandes got here that it was going to be an issue, and I nonetheless suppose it’s a drawback, that Pogba and Fernandes in the identical workforce makes them too offensive,” Murphy instructed talkSPORT.
“And towards the higher opposition, you may get came upon.
“They’re each sensible technicians and inventive footballers, and their defensive mindset is reactive, not proactive.
“They do not spot hazard – they react to it and suppose ‘I might higher get again’, nevertheless it’s not a pure factor to them.
“They solely time I’ve ever actually seen Pogba play in a defensive-minded manner was for France beneath (Didier) Deschamps, and he was subsequent to (N’Golo) Kante and put in a hell of a shift towards Belgium.
“However usually he is a inventive participant, and he is a superb participant.
“I do not suppose, shifting ahead, that United are going to problem for the title – I am not speaking about high 4 – by having 5 offensive match-winners within the workforce.
“I simply do not suppose you are able to do it – except they modify their again gamers and so they get 4 (Virgil) van Dijks should you like – a bit excessive however what I imply.
“They aren’t going to problem for the title enjoying these two within the workforce.”
Murphy, although, believes summer time signing Donny van de Beek may very well be the reply.
“Now, should you watch him, and I’ve watched him so much, he’s proactive along with his defending,” added Murphy.
“He’s a box-to-box, tremendous match, all-round midfielder who can do issues defensively that these two (Pogba and Fernandes) do not wish to do.
“If these two play collectively in a midfield three towards the very best different 5 groups within the league, I do not suppose they will be close to profitable the league.”