Gary Neville highlights problems facing Manchester United in midfield diamond

    Gary Neville recommends that a midfield diamond will not work for Manchester United on a constant basis.

    Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has recommended that a midfield diamond will not work for the Red Devils on a constant basis due to their concerns in the full-back positions.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had success with a diamond against RB Leipzig in the Champions League last week, however the midfield struggled to impress against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, with the Gunners going out 1-0 winners at Old Trafford thanks to a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Neville, speaking after the match, has claimed that the battles of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw moving forward indicates that the development may not work for the 20-time English champions.

    “Wan-Bissaka’s already a bit awkward on the ball at right-back so you need someone to balance it and the balance on the right is a real problem for United. When [Mason] Greenwood went off it was even worse. They wanted Jadon Sancho obviously to play on that side and it looks like a real bad error in not getting that position recruited,” Neville informed Sky Sports News.

    “Changing systems, players – having plenty in one position and not enough in others – is a real problem. Manchester United’s full-backs aren’t the best attacking full-backs in the world – Luke Shaw’s ok going forward; he gives a bit of balance – but you’re playing a diamond and your width’s coming from players who don’t really play that position well in terms of being high and wide. It’s all looking a bit scruffy and towards the end, I’m not sure what shape United were playing.”

    United have actually gathered just 7 points from their first 6 Premier League matches of the season and currently sit 15th in the table ahead of a journey to Everton next weekend.

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