Manchester United could have the long-term solution for their midfielder already at the club – Casey Evans
Manchester United were linked with a defensive midfielder throughout the summer window, with MEN Sport understanding that Declan Rice was their main target, but the club were left out of a move.
United have tried several different combinations and tactics to resolve the issue. Fred and Scott McTominay’s dual pivot option was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s go-to solution, but Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and even Donny van de Beek played it.
This has been with varying degrees of success as throughout the season United have had problems controlling possession and resisting pressure from opposing teams.
However, United may already have a long-term solution within the club and with the high number of matches United have to play this season, they could have an opportunity as soon as possible.
Considering Solskjaer’s past history of giving youngsters a chance as well, that means he could lean on his development team to resolve his midfield headache until a moment comes along. so he can move for Rice.
The game in question is 18-year-old Slovakian midfielder Martin Svidersky who is currently featured for United’s Under-21 team.
Svidersky was recently featured in the development teams’ 3-0 win over League Two team Bradford City.
Now there is obviously a decent quality gap between Ligue 2 and the Premier League, but Svidersky’s performance showed a lot of raw talent that could be shaped in the long run.
Against Bradford, he played the full 90 minutes. He has won six of his seven ground duels and registered three tackles.
He also blocked three shots contributing greatly to the team’s clean sheet.
He only had a 72% success rate, but that was because he was ambitious and expansive in his attempts at success.
Obviously this is just a game and at such a young age Svidersky still has a lot to learn and has time ahead of him to develop as a player.
But with other youth squad options such as Dylan Levitt and James Garner on loan, if an opportunity for a youth squad player to have a streak of midfield games presents itself, then Svidersky may have. a chance.
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Left-back Alvaro Fernandez, winger Shola Shoretire and center-back Teden Mengi were other players who were touted with first-team appearances, who featured during the game.
Shoretire has featured in the Premier League in the past while Mengi has a Europa League appearance under his belt. The former was told of great things within the squad, especially last season as United’s options on the wing were limited.
However, if we’re going to use last night’s performance as a reason for a player to have a chance in the first team, Dillon Hoogewerf will have come forward.
Substituting an injured Joe Hugill, the striker scored and assisted in the 45 minutes he played.
Overall, during his time at United, Solskjaer made his debut at 16 graduates of the youth squad and given the quality of the current crop of youngsters United have at their disposal, it is likely that he will add soon to this total.
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