Le­gend says ‘play Matic’

Manchester Evening News - - UNITED - By RICHARD FAY

PETER Sch­me­ichel has urged United to re­call Ne­manja Matic back to first-team duty fol­low­ing their week­end draw against Sh­effield United.

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side dropped points again over the week­end as they shipped three goals against the Premier League new­com­ers.

The home side strolled into a two-goal lead in the match as the Reds strug­gled for posses­sion and were un­able to match the phys­i­cal chal­lenge of Sh­effield United’s mid­field.

In the ab­sence of Scott McTom­i­nay and Paul Pogba the United man­ager opted for An­dreas Pereira and Fred in the mid­dle of the park, how­ever the Brazil­ian pair strug­gled to im­pose them­selves on the game.

After the match Sch­me­ichel crit­i­cised the lack of cre­ativ­ity in mid­field and urged Sol­sk­jaer to bring Ser­bia in­ter­na­tional Matic, pic­tured, back into the start­ing line up.

“They needed a player like Matic to­day, just to sit in that de­fen­sive mid­field role and just calm things down,” Sch­me­ichel told Premier League pro­duc­tions.

“He’s been crit­i­cised for be­ing slow and play­ing the ball back­wards too many times, but some­times they needed that in this game.

“I like Fred, but he def­i­nitely needs some­body strong, some­body that can con­trol him.

“You want to talk about where Man United are in this evolv­ing pe­riod, but just the fact that Scott McTom­i­nay is not there is a prob­lem.”

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