That’s fair enough but who do we have that you would trust in a midfield two when we need to keep the ball? They all have a terrible habit of losing the ball cheaply.But that’s part of our problem isn’t it? We couldn’t even dominate possession against Southampton with Fred replacing Pogba. And given we play against teams like Southampton more than we play against teams like City it’s a pretty big problem to have a midfielder who is not good in possession. He’ll do an alright job as a third body hounding teams when we’re looking to play on the counter. In a midfield two when we need to keep the ball? Forget about it.
Matic (post-covid) and Fred (pre-covid) have probably been the most reliable and consistent CM performers. McT would maybe run them close but we basically don’t have anyone who will consistently complete 95%+ of their passes the way Scholes and Carrick used to do. That may or may not be a problem. It does look as though we’re still capable of beating anyone, without any midfield metronomes, provided we’re set up properly and everyone performs on the day. Obviously that hasn’t happened in our last three fixtures.
In a way it’s not surprising. Bruno has made us miles better at beating crap teams but we struggle when we have to revert to the approach/system that helps us beat good teams. Flipping between two very different approaches seems to be messing our team up. I do kind of feel Ole needs to find a system, line-up and approach that works against everyone and stick with it. It all feels a bit reactive. The best teams inflict their game on the opposition.