‘They are’: Micah Richards disagrees with what he’s heard loads of people saying about Man United’s midfield


Micah Richards has now claimed that he disagrees with what a lot of people have been saying about Manchester United’s midfield of late.

This Saturday, against Bournemouth, Erik ten Hag’s team put on another subpar display, drawing criticism once more.

While Andoni Iraola’s team losing by one point isn’t the worst thing in the world at the moment, United’s performance was especially concerning.

Even though Diogo Dalot has had a decent season, he didn’t seem to be at ease at right back this time.

The full-back appeared to have little connection with Willy Kambwala beside him and was unsure of whether to drop into midfield or close to his man out wide.

Naturally, the well-known queries about Man United’s midfield holes also came up again.

Although Bruno Fernandes saved the point, he was excellent in his attacking role, and the midfield still lacked organisation.

Having said that, Micah Richards denied on the podcast “The Rest Is Football” that the midfield United players weren’t putting in a lot of effort.

Micah Richards insists Man United’s midfield aren’t lazy, they need help tactically

Richards initially explained that he felt sorry for Kambwala who was exposed at the back as mentioned.

The pundit didn’t believe there were players coasting through the game, but agreed that something needed to change.

He explained: “I felt a little bit sorry for Kambwala. Man United’s midfield don’t seem to be working together, they are working hard, I think a lot of people look at the team and say they aren’t working but they are working hard.

“It’s a tactical thing. We know [Kobbie] Mainoo is very good now, we know he’s more than a number six, he’s a number eight who can get into the box.

“But sometimes him and Fernandes come on the same line and Casemiro, fantastic player but maybe doesn’t have the legs he used to have to dominate a midfield on his own, he needs a bit of help.

“So two of them will press, Fernandes and Mainoo, and there is a big massive gap and Casemiro has to go and engage and then young Kambwala is exposed.

“He’s a good player, he did very well in the Liverpool game, but at that age away from home you just need a bit more structure.”

Another sign that Erik ten Hag’s time at Manchester United is up?

Naturally, this is not a brand-new problem, so fans must be confused as to why Erik ten Hag hasn’t resolved it by now.

Richards is absolutely correct; no matter how talented each player is on his own, United’s midfield isn’t set up correctly.

Additionally, there is no basis for stability, even though this club will continue to win games.

Nevertheless, the Manchester United manager will frequently stand up and defend the actions of his players and, consequently, his strategies.

That a manager who put together such a strong Ajax team in the past is unable to resolve this problem is perplexing.

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