Solskjaer told Benitez holds dream solution to glaring Man Utd problem

Date published: Tuesday 5th October 2021 10:56 - Jonny Whitfield

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rafael Benitez Man Utd v Everton August 2021

Manchester United should look to Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure for the sort of player they need to revitalise their midfield, one pundit has claimed.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made two marquee signings in midfield, but they have had differing impacts. While Bruno Fernandes has become one of the first names on the team sheet, Donny van de Beek has struggled.

Meanwhile, academy product Scott McTominay and Fred have often formed the base of the midfield.

As for a player who can advance through the midfield and turn defence into attack, Paul Pogba has such ability. However, he has only recently moved into a more attacking role after asking for more freedom during the summer.

Frenchman Doucoure is another who can play a box-to-box role and he showed as such against United. Indeed, he drove Everton forward for their equaliser at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino insisted that the 28-year-old would be a good signing for United.

“I can’t think of a better midfielder at the moment than Doucoure in the Premier League, the way he’s playing in this advanced role,” the pundit said.

“He is playing brilliantly, he’s really playing well.

“Look at United’s midfield and you think, that’s what they’re screaming out for, a Doucoure type of midfielder.”

Jamie Carragher agreed with Cascarino after watching the 1-1 draw on Saturday.

He tweeted: “Abdoulaye Doucoure has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this season.”

Doucoure making name at Everton

Abdoulaye Doucoure, Fred, Edinson Cavani, Man Utd v Everton, October 2021

The former Watford midfielder has 165 Premier League appearances to his name. However, he has made his mark at Everton under Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez.

Last season – in his debut campaign at Goodison Park – he made 29 top-flight appearances.

This season, though, he has started more impressively with two goals and four assists in seven games.

However, he has yet to make his way into the senior France team – having only made one Under-21 appearance in 2014.

Pogba has, though, and his attacking freedom for his country is one of the reasons why he is a key part of the team.


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