Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Aston Villa ace John McGinn would ‘walk’ into the midfield line of Manchester United
There has been a lot of commotion regarding the midfield pairing of Scott McTominay and Fred since the start of the season. Both midfielders, albeit good, have failed to provide sufficient cover to their defence while they have not contributed actively to the attack either.
Although Fred has still ventured forward from time to time, he was the scapegoat for the club’s draw against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. United hosted the Toffees and also took the lead just before half-time.
While it looked to be going well for the Red Devils, Everton equalized after the hour mark with an Andros Townsend strike. However, that move started off after Demarai Gray shrugged off Fred in a duel he should not have won in the first place.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has now come out and criticized the midfield duo. Agbonlahor told talkSPORT (h/t The Express):
“I say it every time I see him play, McTominay is the better version of Fred, definitely. But every time Fred gets the ball he gives it away – sloppy passes when they’re trying to build attacks… I don’t see why he’s (Fred) in that Manchester United team.”
Agbonlahor also mentioned a player from his former club who would fit into this United midfield.
“I’d rather [Jesse] Lingard all day or give [Donny] van de Beek a chance. There’s a lot of centre-midfielders that walk into that midfield. John McGinn walks into that midfield.”
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John McGinn has been immense for Aston Villa throughout their Premier League campaigns and also played a crucial role in defeating United last weekend.
Thus, while Fred and McTominay might improve over time, there could be some players who can do the job better than them based on their current form.