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Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has claimed Manchester United’s problems on the pitch start with their attacking players. The Red Devils suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in the Champions League at Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday. The loss came three days after United’s’ third home defeat in the Premier League already this season, with Arsenal claiming a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
And Robson says there is no clear pattern of play to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and that it has been the same since he was appointed almost two years ago.
However, he also thinks the work rate, or lack of it, of the front players is a huge problem. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial started up front in Istanbul and Robson singled out the duo for criticism. Speaking to ESPN FC, Robson said:
“When I watch Manchester United, I’ve seen them for a year-and-a-half with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and I keep saying the same things. How are they going to get the ball into those front players? They keep coming into spaces where there is no space, so the midfield players have to go square and back.
“That’s why they’re playing so slowly, because the front players aren’t making any runs, but why isn’t the coach sorting that out? Why isn’t he getting the right game plan? In the Arsenal game and tonight, when the ball changed hands Manchester United’s effort to win it back was really poor.
“I’ll go with the front two again, it starts with the front two. If they lose possession, Rashford and Martial today when they lost possession, the ball may have only been two or three yards away from them, there was no effort to try and win it back again.
“And so, the Istanbul Basaksehir players could play forward and counter-attack.”
Source- Daily and Sunday Express
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