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Club icon identifies two Man United stars who disrupt the team’s attack

Robin van Persie blames Harry Maguire and Fred for bunting the Manchester United attack

Manchester United stars Harry Maguire and Fred share the same birthday. That is however not the same thing that duo share according to Robin van Persie.

According to BT Sport (h/t The Metro), the former United ace has named the two players responsible for hindering our attacking output.

The comments come after we slipped to a second loss on the trot yestrerday, this time to Istanbul Basaksehir.

Fred and Maguire have not helped the Manchester United attack
Fred (left) and Maguire (right) have not helped the Manchester United attack

The Turkish side raced to a two goal lead thanks to some gloriously poor defending by United. Anthony Martial pulled one back before the break but that was as good as it got for us.

While we had plenty of possession, there was a lack of imagination in a largely disjointed attack.

Van Persie believes Maguire and Fred slow down the tempo of our attack. He was critical of the former’s forward distribution and the latter dropping too deep to collect the ball.

“Everyone is talking about Maguire being fantastic on the ball, so far he’s not been fantastic on the ball going forward, with his passing.”

Van Persie has asked Maguire to play more forward passes
Van Persie has asked Maguire to play more forward passes (Getty Images)

Van Persie believes Maguire should be making forward passes. Doing so will free up Fred to press forward. This will give United many more options in breaking down the opposition.

“You see Fred coming to take the ball from centre-back, he should not do that. Maguire should do that.”

Fred to his credit has been one of our better players over the past few weeks. Alongside Scott McTominay, he has often helped us win the midfield battles.

Fred has improved in the past few months
Fred has improved in the past few months

However, Van Persie is not wrong in stating that it has come at the cost of our attacking impetus. As someone who has led our attack with distinction, he will be familiar with what constitutes an offensive threat.

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Written by Pranav Nair

An Engineering postgraduate with a keen interest in statistics, pop culture and football.

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