Darren Fletcher knows what it means to win as a Manchester United player.
It’s interesting to hear from him dissect such a terrible performance and a bad beating.
Tonight Fletch was able to single out one Man Utd player for praise, and it was unsurprisingly a substitute he had something positive to say about…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a substitution at half-time which was met with cheers from the Old Trafford faithful.
But fans weren’t delighted to see Nemanja Matic take to the field. They were happy to see the back of Jesse Lingard.
Some United fans cheering as it’s announced Lingard has
been subbed. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 7, 2020
“Matic added a presence,” Fletch told Sky Sports (via Manchester Evening News).
“He gave them a platform to play in the game, and almost changed from a double pivot to a single pivot. I thought Matic was fantastic. He helped the younger players and he got United a foothold in the game.”
It wasn’t enough. The change came too late, and many will argue Matic should have started the game anyway.
Especially with Harry Maguire ruled out of the game before kick-off and Solskjaer being forced into starting Phil Jones at the back, the defence could have done with more protection from midfield and the Serb offers that better than any other player the manager had available tonight.
Matic isn’t the answer to United’s midfield problems but we are light in that department and Solskjaer should know better.
Fixing his selection mistakes at half-time is amateurish when fans — before the game — could have easily pointed out our blatant weakness in the middle.