Exactly this and further highlights why Matic is holding the team back. We need somebody with the quality to sit deep and influence from those types of positions while allowing the midfielders like Fred the ability to play to their strengths. It's not so much that Fred needs "freedom" like people often describe it. He just needs players around him who compliment his qualities. A constantly sloppy and often out of position Matic is certainly not that.He'd be excellent next to a Carrick type player. Provides the engine in midfield, but he can be inconsistent on the ball, at times. Having a calm, pass master like Carrick, Busquets, Alonso, etc, next to him to sit deep and dictate, whilst Fred links midfield and attack would really compliment him, in my opinion.
He was converting all his forward passes, the front four was fecking up a lot specially Fellaini. Also seems like once he got the ball to wide areas they just wanted to finish the play as quick as possible, leaving the team separated in two. He's not a long distance player, Rashford and Martial are. The squad just doesn't have a matching style.He completed forward passes about around 60, forward pass per minute, the average midfielder would be likely to complete forward 30-40 passes through 90 minutes and he probably is one of the quickest passes midfielders. He was subbed because he is too attack minded for Jose's liking.
When we say sloppy here, what is this based on? I cant remember him being that sloppy, but I was bored at times yesterday too so probably zoned out. How many times did he lose the ball?He's so sloppy in possession which we knew when we bought him, he has moments that will look exciting but he's lacking technically and positionally every time he plays.
So, when he looks exciting he has good technical and positional skills, but in the same time he's lacking technically and positionally every time he plays?He's so sloppy in possession which we knew when we bought him, he has moments that will look exciting but he's lacking technically and positionally every time he plays.
Are you joking? A professional footballer who trains all week, plays on a Tuesday for 60 minutes, can't play again at the weekend? Please tell me you're kidding. Or we can't be friends.He's hardly played any football, so to ask him to play two games in a week will be difficult.
Agreed. I'd rather he lost the ball because he was trying to get us up the pitch quicker, rather than the way Matic loses the ball by turning like an oil tanker.Lost the ball sloppily a few times last night but I didn't mind too much as at least he was trying things, you're alway liable to lose the ball if you take chances like that.
Team went flat when he got hooked. I knew it was coming, too.
I feel like he needs a defined role. At the moment he's trying to get forward more than any other midfielder, and he's also running back as much as anyone, which is making him a bit erratic.Agreed. I'd rather he lost the ball because he was trying to get us up the pitch quicker, rather than the way Matic loses the ball by turning like an oil tanker.
His shots from 25 yards look decent, better than Pogba's who tries them every opportunity he gets, and his set piece delivery while inconsistent was largely better than we're used to.
Passing forward is a bloody big improvement to what we usually have. Energy, urgency and forward thinking is what we have been lacking. You are right that we shouldn't get too excited in usual circumstances, but we are so lacking, that a glimmer of something good is genuinely exciting. Sad times.A player everyone loves caus he runs around with lots of energy. Not the worst performance but what did he do? Pass forward a lot? I expect more from him.
Complete fantasy right here. Youd be hard pressed to find someone that loves this fella. Also running around and passing forward makes up most of a midfielder's job. Unless of course you want us to start every game slow as a snail.A player everyone loves caus he runs around with lots of energy. Not the worst performance but what did he do? Pass forward a lot? I expect more from him.