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Manchester United’s midfield failed to match Arsenal’s, says Jamie Carragher & Graeme Souness

first_imgArsenal took their chances (Picture: Getty)Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher picked out Manchester United’s midfield as a key factor in the Red Devils’s defeat to Arsenal.Goals from Grnait Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were enough to see off United at the Emirates and leaves Arsenal in the driving seat in the race for the top four.United beat Paris Saint-Germain in a stunning comeback in the Champions League midweek, but struggled to take their chances against Arsenal. Advertisement Souness was critical of United’s midfield (Picture: Getty)‘It wasn’t the United in recent weeks and the biggest reason was that the midfield was off the pace. Fred, Matic, Pogba couldn’t get near them.’Souness and Carragher both slammed Matic for letting Xhaka get away from him for Arsenal’s opener.Arsenal were ahead inside the first 15 minutes when David de Gea misread Xhaka’s long-range effort.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCarragher also identified United’s midfield lack of energy and could not understand why Fred was not closing Xhaka down when he let loose on De Gea’s goal.‘Fred is actually moving away from the ball,’ Carragher said on Sky Sports.The result ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 12-game unbeaten start in the league, and the United manager admitted his side didn’t take their chances. (Picture: Getty)Souness was unimpressed with United’s midfield and identified Paul Pogba, Fred and Nemanja Matic as an issue for the visitors.ADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘Arsenal started well and grabbed the initiative.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘United huffed and puffed for most of the game. Comment Coral BarrySunday 10 Mar 2019 7:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link758Shares Arsenal leapfrogged United into fourth (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘When you see the boys work as hard as they do, the attitude they show in training, today we were lethargic in the first 10-15 minutes, did not have the zip and we did not take the chances. Hopefully we will be ready for Wolves in the FA Cup next week.‘It has been fantastic so far but today is the the lowest we have been because we lost and missed the chance to put pressure on Spurs.‘We have won games we have not deserved to win and today we lost a game we did not deserve to lose.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Manchester United’s midfield failed to match Arsenal’s, says Jamie Carragher & Graeme Souness Advertisementlast_img

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