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Matic beef: Is midfielder right to place Man Utd blame on Solskjaer?

Nemanja Matic is unhappy with not being in the first team at Man Utd, as Solskjaer is the first manager to drop the Serbian from the starting eleven…

He has gone on to make a bold statement regarding the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd.

One thing Man Utd fans are happy about is the discarding of players deemed as ‘deadwood’, including Sanchez, Lukaku, Fellaini, Darmian and Smalling. As well as players like Young, Jones, Rojo and Matic himself being dropped from the starting eleven.

Perhaps Matic is unaware of the frustration he causes the fans with his performances. In pre-season, it was evident that the Serbian could not cope with Solskjaer’s system.

He regularly loses possession, slows down attacks and opts for the easy pass as opposed to a positive and progressive pass. Matic’s one appearance this season came in the latter stages of the 1-1 draw away to Southampton. A poor managerial decision as both substitutes, Matic and Lingard, made no impact whatsoever.

Matic has said, “The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title, and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility“. And here is why he is wrong to make this statement…

What did Matic do wrong?

By assuming that Solskjaer should be aiming to win the title, is demonstrates either delusion or misinformation. Man Utd should be well-aware that this side will struggle to make top 4, let alone a league title.

It appears that the Serbian is undermining the managerial decisions which will cause friction in the dressing room. Should Ole succumb to Matic’s needs, the hierarchy of the club would become skewed.

Are there any positive outcomes to this?

Man Utd fans on social media have been begging for the return of Fred. As he can’t be any worse than the current set up, right?

With Matic undermining the manager, Fred may have a chance to overtake him in the game-time priorities, giving the Reds a quick, creative Brazilian who is a brilliant midfielder when in form.

If Pogba stays, where do Man Utd finish in the Premier League

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no qualms about Paul Pogba staying with the club.

Prior to facing Wolves, Solskjaer was once again asked about the future of Paul Pogba. Sky Sports reported his response as “I’ve got no concerns on Paul. For me, he is going to stay.”

With the manager so confident, a Pogba move away would question the authority and legitimacy of the manager.

With this in mind, it is almost certain that the World Cup-winning midfielder will be staying at the club. This is wonderful news for Man Utd fans as the quality of their midfield with Pogba in it is not enough to challenge for the title. Without it, they would be nowhere near challenging for Champions League spot in the top four.

Without the Frenchman, Man Utd’s best midfield would be Matic, McTominay and Fred or Pereira.

Unless Fred magically turns into the player they thought he was, Man Utd would have no creativity in their midfield. This would starve the attackers of chances, resulting in few goals and lots of pressure on their own defence.

Tough start to the season

Pogba has had a rough start to the season. He looked lost for the majority of the games against Chelsea and Wolves. Despite this, he got two fantastic assists against Chelsea and won a penalty against Wolves.

With a Paul Pogba who is full of confidence, motivation and is at the top of his game, imagine what he could do for Man Utd.

With Paul Pogba in full swing, which is likely to be seen as the season progresses, Man Utd well and truly have a chance at reaching the top three. However, Man Utd is not a one-man team and never has been.

Solskjaer and his team need to continue believing in their philosophies and allowing this very young side to gel and develop.

Tottenham Hotspurs tactics against Man City show they are ready to challenge to the title, agree?

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur showed their resilience in a dramatic draw against Man City at the Etihad. A draw so impressive, some are considering Spurs title contenders…

When looking at the statistics of the game, it appears as though Spurs went backs to the wall. Man City had 30 shots and 10 on target, compared to Spurs’ 3 shots with 2 on target.

However, Mauricio Pochettino has been hailed an incredible manager and tactician in recent months. Particularly since his display in the Champions League.

Has Pochettino translated his team’s European performances to the Premier League? The game against Man City certainly showed that.

Furthermore, many scratched their heads as Lucas Moura sat on the bench for the first 55 minutes. He came on and scored with his first touch…

Why are Spurs capable of winning of the Premier League this season?

If Pochettino had ignited Spurs’ incredible fight to salvage something from the game and played a role in how clinical his side was. As well as meticulously planting Moura in at the right time, the man could be labelled a genius.

The Tottenham squad consists of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min amongst other top European talents. Most astute managers could get this team in the top four. But Mauricio Pochettino proves time and time again that he is not ‘most managers’.

The result against Man City is the first demonstration that Pochettino can salvage points from teams who should beat them. According to current form and state of the squad, only Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal could go toe-to-toe with Tottenham.

Is Pochettino in the process of learning how to break down the top teams? Do we have a modern Jose Mourinho on our hands?

With the controversial VAR decisions, mass amounts of wasted chances by Man City and lack of chances created for Spurs. There is room for argument that Spurs were lucky in getting a point from the game.

Should Tottenham continue with their flexible tactics depending on their opponent and getting results against the likes of Man City (again), Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd. Those aforementioned arguments would be almost void.