One of the positions that I feel needs to be improved is the defensive midfielder in the middle of the field. Nemanja Matic performances have been disappointing along with Paul Pogba. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already said that he wants and expects Pogba to stay. So my center of attention will be on his partner Nemanja Matic. When we look at Matic he hasn’t shown any leadership along with Pogba.
Matic needs to be sold not just because of his poor performances, but also he could be on the decline because of his age. Even though he’s only 30 he’ll be 32 in the next two years. Usually when you get into your early thirties players tend to go into decline. Now Matic I know played a lot of games for Chelsea before he came to Old Trafford in August of 2017. He also is an international with his country Serbia so if he has played a significant amount of games for both club and country he could be on the wane.
It could be that he is just in bad form this season, but then you could say the same thing for last season also. For part of last season he played well and the other part of the campaign he looked out of sorts or inconsistent. In his first season he did well and was masterful in central midfield with his passing, tackling and closing down of players. He showed that he was the perfect fit alongside Pogba.
Idrissa Gueye from Everton would make a fine addition to United’s squad or Casemiro from Real Madrid. Gueye is 30 and Casemiro is 27 and even though they may not fit the ideal profile of what United are looking for as far as obtaining a young player up to the age of 25, they are still great value for money because they’re not too old. Both players are still playing well for their clubs and United can always sell them when its convenient for the club to do so. United could keep both for maybe three or four years and then sell them.
They are others like N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Sergio Busquets (Barcelona). But I don’t think their clubs will sell them. They are very important to their teams and it would probably cost a lot to try to buy them.
What other defensive midfielders would you recommend to United?