Manchester United's midfield problem

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Monday night's defeat to Manchester City would probably have hurt Manchester United's pride more than their title chances.

Still holding a lead of 12 points, the title will surely be returning to the red half of Manchester again soon. But did the City game again throw up United's weaknesses in big games?

Midfield once again was where City were dominant and by choosing Ryan Giggs in the centre of midfield once again showed how thin United are in that department.

No disrespect to the legend that is Giggs, but when your first choice midfield includes a 39-year-old left winger, how much does it say for your real central-midfielders?

Michael Carrick, alongside Giggs, once again looked like he always does, fine against weaker opposition but struggling to dominate games against top-class opponents when he doesn't have as much time on the ball.

By preferring Giggs to Anderson and Cleverley, who admittedly does have promise and time on his side, it was more or less saying none of United's central-midfielders are right for the biggest game of the season.

Anderson is surely unlikely to have a future at Old Trafford for too much longer and Cleverley for all his promise will have to improve on the goalscoring front.  

On the wing, Ashley Young hasn't scored a league goal this season, whilst Antonio Valencia seems to be suffering a similar loss of form and looks a shadow of the player from last season. 

City's midfield with Yaya Toure, James Milner, David Silva had more bite and flair than United's, as most do in these big games, which leaves the Reds struggling to maintain long periods of possession and dominate games enough to create chances for their forwards.

Not that there is much creativity in the midfield, where again United seem to be relying on the evergreen Giggs. Surely there will need to be a clear-out and new blood in the midfield this summer, despite closing in on another league triumph. 


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