Manchester United has been struggling to control the entire 90 minutes of games so far this season.
There have been talks about the issue being down to the lack of an expert in the middle of the pitch.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used seven different partnerships in 10 games so far. They have been struggling with a lack of identity in the middle of the park, and that has made things more difficult for them on the pitch.
Fred's inability to stop counter has made Manchester United conceded in all games they have played, except one.
So, it is notable that Manchester United needs an expert in the middle of the pitch. Solskjaer's side has been linked with multiple defensive midfielders to solve their issues in build-up play.
Here are two defensive midfielders United could sign for free next summer.
Kessie is a very combative midfielder who is strong in the tackle, he has a good work rate that allows him to affect the game across the pitch.
He is a skillful midfielder on the ball too, he was successful with 80% of his dribbles in the 2020-21 season showing how he can effectively beat the opposition pressing.
He had a pass accuracy of 84% in the opposition's half of the field, showing how he could affect games in the final third despite being a more defensive midfielder.
Kessie is also great at taking penalties. He scored 11 penalties in the 2020-21 season with a conversation rate of 85%.
2. Marcelo Brozovic of Inter Milan
Brozovic has been a key part of the Inter Milan midfield since he joined in 2015, and won the Serie A title with them last season.
He is a different type of midfielder compared to Kessie, he is more about controlling the game from deep and distributing the ball out.
His presence on the field would allow United to control the possession easier. He had a pass accuracy of 90% and completed 4.8 long balls per game in Serie A last season.
If Pogba leaves next summer, Brozovic would be the perfect deep-lying playmaker to partner with a midfield monster in United's pivot.
Though, there is no guarantee that United would go in for any of these players. But, any of these two would surely upgrade the midfield entirely.
Which of them would you like United to sign? Drop your comments, please!
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