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Shearer pinpoints glaring Man Utd mistakes that have come back to haunt them

Manchester United were active in the transfer window as Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane arrived at Old Trafford but Alan Shearer reckons they made one clear mistake

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Alan Shearer reckons Manchester United made a glaring mistake in the summer by not signing a central midfielder.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja were overrun in the middle of the park by Leicester as Brendan Rodgers’ men claimed a 4-2 victory on Saturday.

It’s been a poor run of results for United as they are now without a win in three Premier League games and have dropped out of the top four, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position at the club continues to come under threat.

The midfield has been a problem area all season for Man Utd as they’ve struggled to find the right balance behind their blistering attack led by Cristiano Ronaldo.



Alan Shearer believes Man Utd made a clear mistake in the transfer window
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Fred and Scott McTominay, who are widely considered as United’s best fit in that area, have both suffered an inconsistent season so far, while Pogba has cooled off after a hot start to the campaign.

United were active in the transfer window as Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane arrived at Old Trafford.









But Shearer believes United should have brought in another midfielder.

He said on Match of the Day: “That was Manchester United’s problem last season, they didn’t invest in that position and it’s the same again,’ the iconic ex-England striker said on Match of the Day.

“There’s no one in there to really press and take control from the front. You can’t do that in the Premier League.



Paul Pogba struggled for Man United during their 4-2 defeat at Leicester on Saturday
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“They will always score, Man United, because of the brilliance they have going forward. But you cannot press if you haven’t got that aggression.”

The Newcastle legend insists United show a lack of togetherness during the Leicester defeat/

He added: “If you don’t know what to do, then you’ve got to sit back and be compact as a team.

“The team that I saw didn’t know whether to go or whether to sit.



Nemanja Matic had a tough time against Leicester’s midfield
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“When they did go, it was half-hearted and not as a team.”

Fred was missing for the visit to the King Power Stadium after arriving back late from international duty with Brazil.

And Solskjaer reckons the midfielder and Edinson Cavani were sorely missed against the Foxes, but didn’t want to use that as an excuse.

He said: “I have got many good players. Fred, Edinson Cavani, you miss them.

“I am not making excuses for the team I put out there, they are top footballers and we have not produced.”


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