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Where there was once Roy Keane and Paul Ince, there is now Darren Fletcher and an ageing Paul Scholes both roaming freely in a flat midfield.
The two form a classy, crafty partnership and make for a more fluid system. however, up against the athleticism of teams such as everton, Bolton and Sunderland, Fletcher and Scholes have been over-run at times.
They’re no shrinking violets, but they can’t bring the same steel to midfield that top defensive midfielders like Michael essien, John Obi Mikel, de Jong or Yaya Toure would.
On the other hand, teams like Chelsea and Manchester City have been giving a lot of physical presence and playing a system with two powerful, athletic defensive midfielders to dominate the middle of the park; and maybe that’s why they’re sitting in first and second place at the moment.