Stan Collymore: Manchester United should be concerned about their aging midfield

by Tanveer Arayan

TalkSPORT pundit Stan Collymore believes that Manchester United should be concerned about the aging players in their midfield.

Man United lined up with a midfield trio of Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini against Leicester City last time out.

Louis van Gaal’s side started well but faded as the game went on, with Wes Morgan eventually cancelling out Anthony Martial’s opener in the 1-1 draw. Former Liverpool forward Collymore insisted that United’s midfield is not dynamic enough to be successful.

“Carrick, Rooney and Fellaini are an awkward looking United midfield three and although they fought and kept possession quite well for 20 minutes, none of these guys any longer have the legs or seemingly the sheer motivation to take United on in a game, to dominate, to bully and to turn the screw,” Collymore said.

“This is a real problem as Rooney and Carrick are arguably going nowhere in the summer. Fellaini will always be ‘the plan B’ in a transitional side, Herrera and Mata are lightweight, which leaves Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin, who are either at the end of their career or have yet to pull up trees at Old Trafford.

“Worrying midfield paucity over six names where Leicester have wrung every last drop from two incredibly effective performers in [N’Golo] Kante and [Danny] Drinkwater.”

Collymore has a point but it appears that United have already identified the problem as the likes of Renato Sanches and Andre Gomes have been strongly linked with moves to Old Trafford in recent weeks.

Last year, it appeared that United had solved their midfield problem by bringing in Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger. However, the former has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot and the latter has proven to be injury-prone. All successful sides are built on a strong central midfield pairing and it is certainly something that United will need to look at in the summer.

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