Manchester United need to bring Nemanja Matic back into midfield to help deal with Scott McTominay’s injury absence, according to Peter Schmeichel.
United were second-best for the majority of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United, in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side earned a point after a frantic end to the contest.
For 70 minutes, however, the Blades had been comfortably in front with Andreas Pereira and Fred struggling to settle in midfield with Matic, who has not featured for United since a defeat to West Ham in September, out again as he battles to recover from a niggling injury and win his place back in the team.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, former United goalkepeer Schmeichel insisted that Matic, 31, would have been perfect to step in for his side at Bramall Lane.
“They needed a player like Matic today, just to sit in that defensive midfield role and just calm things down,” Schmeichel said.
“He’s been criticised for being slow and playing the ball backwards too many times, but sometimes they needed that in this game. I like Fred, but he definitely needs somebody strong, somebody that can control him.
“You want to talk about where Man United are in this evolving period, but just the fact that Scott McTominay is not there is a problem.”
United’s next game sees them face Astana away in the Europa League on Thursday.