Saul Niguez is the definition of the midfielder Manchester United are looking for – here’s how they might line up if they land a deal for the Atletico Madrid star
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The Red Devils were at their best against Led United on opening day Premier League They took a 5-1 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
They were expected to follow that up with a routine win over St Marys, but it didn’t quite go as planned as Mason Greenwood called off Che Adam’s equalizer to finish 1-1.
United’s problems continued in the middle of the pitch as they searched for the right balance, something that goes back to the recent period.
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Nemanja Matic and Fred were at the midfield base with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes supporting Anthony Martial and Greenwood in attack.
But the duo gave up the ball unnecessarily throughout the match as United were ineffective in building their attacks from back to front.
Fred and Scott McTominay are seen as the best in this ‘double pivot’ role, but neither of them feel comfortable carrying the ball forward and making and scoring goals from time to time.
Donny van de Beek signed from Ajax last summer hoping to fill that void, but it didn’t work out.
And Solskjaer apparently chose to do something about it as reports emerged on Tuesday that the Red Devils were close to agreeing to a deal for Saul.
The Atletico Madrid star is up for sale this summer as he looks to move away from Spain. United were interested at the start of the summer as their representatives held talks with the club, but nothing came of it.
But it is said that United have returned to the Spaniard but they face competition from the likes Chelsea.
They seem to be winning the race to sign him, however, Spanish publication AS, via Sport Witness, claims his switch to Old Trafford is imminent.
Saul is the definition of the midfielder United are looking for – and here’s how they might line up if they land a deal for the midfielder.
Possible Manchester United line-up with Saul De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Varane, Maguire, McTominay, Sol, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Sancho.