- Mar 12, 2005
Absolutely. The DM is the single most important signing for me, but unfortunately it seems we're prioritising the CB over it. And while I like Rice, I do worry about that price tag.Yep. It’s no surprise both looked at their best in seasons past when Matic was able to play more regularly and provide that cushion for them/Fred.
Fred was never a DM, José converted him and he still plays there for us because we have no one better to fill in. It’s why often times the McFred pivot, our midfield is combative hence why the many draws. They lack progressive passing from deep to Bruno&co. Both are ball winners. They don’t hold their positions well because it’s not their natural position; rather they are best when they aggressively get out at the opposition to harass them/win the ball.
This is why if we can bring in a high end starting caliber DM (Rice or whoever), it would allow Fred to play to his strengths rather than being given the onus of playing deep and holding. It’s why even if hypothetically speaking Pogba walks after next season you wouldn’t even need a replacement with a DM(Rice/etc) since he’d allow Fred to play more naturally with Bruno up ahead of them both. In the meantime if a DM was secured, it would give great depth since it’d allow Pogba to play there as well and start.
...wholeheartedly agree. As per the reasons mentioned, most people (including myself at times) don’t seem to realize Fred/Scott are doing jobs that they’re not suited to and yet the coaching staff and team was still able to get to a 2nd place finish. Imagine the squad potential if someone actually suited to sit deep were brought in. Yea we get frustrated at times at the McFred duo but if everyone could just take a big step back to see the full picture, you could only applaud them for their efforts really.