Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactical decisions following Manchester United's 4-2 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon, highlighting their midfield set-up as being a major problem.
United, who are now winless in their last three Premier League matches, took the lead in the Midlands through a stunning strike from Mason Greenwood, but found themselves 2-1 down as the contest entered the final ten minutes.
But despite drawing level through Marcus Rashford with eight minutes to go, United conceded a further two goals, condemning them to a second defeat in their last three league games.
Solskjaer opted to make changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Everton prior to the international, one of which was enforced, with Fred unavailable for selection after playing for Brazil in the early hours of Friday morning. In his place, Paul Pogba moved into the middle, allowing Jadon Sancho to operate on the left.
Pogba joined Nemanja Matic in the defensive-midfield berths, a decision that drew criticism from Merson, who was covering the game for Sky Sports' Gillette Soccer Saturday .
The former Arsenal midfielder criticised Solskjaer for his decision to play the two of them as a paring, before describing United as a team of "individuals."
Merson told Sky Sports : "They will play at home to a bottom half team and they will play [Scott] McTominay and Fred as two holding midfield players. I think they played against Aston Villa at home the other week.
"They go to Leicester, who you know are going to be at it. Jamie Vardy was also going to be sharp after a couple of weeks off.
"They played one holding midfielder in Matic, who has been a top draw player. He hasnâ€™t got the legs anymore to get around the pitch, especially like a McTominay, and they played Pogba with him who plays at his own pace. He is a World Cup winner, so I canâ€™t say much about him.
"But they havenâ€™t got that energy in the midfield. Where I watch them, they are individuals, not a team. They all play as individuals. The players going forward play their own way, they open up the game, they havenâ€™t got players all around the pitch and, for me, they are not taking the game that way with [Cristiano] Ronaldo making runs beyond.
"The other team squeezes up. When teams squeeze up, and youâ€™re not giving Pogba time on the ball to get his head up, because he can get his head up and hurt you, but when you can condense the game and make it tight, Matic is not going to go past anyone in a month of Sundays.
"Pogba, if you donâ€™t let him get his head up, he isnâ€™t going to burst past you. For me, he needs to get this right, Solskjaer. He is under severe pressure."
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