- Oct 16, 2020
- FC Bayern
I don't disagree. Both under Pep and Flick he has played a very different role as a central defender than he would be required to in other teams.in 15/16. If you are a top top CB, like some people go on about him, you would expect him to play CB in 16/17 or 17/18 o 18/19 but he didn't.
Bayern are a very functional team, the way they played last season under Flick, the CB was more for pace, passing because they were so good on the press and winning the ball back. Hardly did Bayern play a game where they had to defend for large parts of games.
At United, that is different, being a CB in a Pep, Klopp, Flick team is different to a defensive minded manager's team.
As for the first part, while you're not wrong, that is of course also connected with the fact that he's been an established top LB before he was used as CB, and with the specific squad situations. Yes, he wasn't used as CB, but he was used as left back, it's not like he sat on the bench.