Pundit tells Manchester United to sort out ‘overrun’ midfield after ‘terrible’ Tottenham display

Alan Shearer feels Manchester United need to sort out midfield after “terrible” Tottenham Hotspur display

Premier League icon Alan Shearer feels Manchester United need to sort out their midfield after the “terrible” loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs welcome the Red Devils home on 19 August in the league. The North London side dominated the Old Trafford side, especially in the engine room, as the game ended 2-0 in favour of the hosts.

Man United also had a hard time coping with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the opening game of the new season. The Molineux Stadium side threatened us throughout the match. Thankfully, we came away with a 1-0 victory.

Alan Shearer has given a damning assessment of the Manchester United midfield.
Alan Shearer has given a damning assessment of the Manchester United midfield. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

But speaking on The Rest is Football podcast (h/t Manchester Evening News), Shearer is of the opinion that the Red Devils are being let down in the middle of the park.

“They were terrible at the weekend Man United. Until he (Ten Hag) sorts that conundrum out in midfield then they are going to continue to have problems because clearly those three in Casemiro, Mount and Fernandes hasn’t worked in the two games.

“They have been battered in both games in that department, overrun, out fought and out thought. There is big, big work there for them to improve.”

The Newcastle United great’s assessment of the Old Trafford side’s opening two matches is true. We were overrun and seemed to lack energy in the midfield against Wolves and Tottenham.

Erik ten Hag started with the trio of Casemiro, Mason Mount and Bruno Fernandes in both fixtures. Unfortunately, it has not worked out for Man United.

Bruno Fernandes has struggled to create many chances this season so far.
Bruno Fernandes has struggled to create many chances this season so far. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Casemiro has looked like a shadow of his best self. Players have gone past the Brazilian with ease in the last two games. Unfortunately, Mount has not had a positive start to his career at the Old Trafford side either.

Fernandes is arguably the creative force for the Red Devils in the middle of the park. While the Portugal international has had his moments, the former Sporting CP star has mostly cut a frustrating figure.

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Therefore, Ten Hag evidently needs to figure out his best starting lineup and gel the team quickly. We arguably cannot afford to lose points at this stage of the season, as we will have to play catch-up later on.