Manchester United made a huge mistake in January

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Why not signing a midfielder was a huge mistake for Manchester United

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Paul Pogba, Manchester United. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) /

It is no secret that midfield has been a weakness for Manchester United in recent times and not making an addition there in January could turn out to be a massive mistake on the part of the club and could potentially hurt their chances of finishing in the top four this season.

The options that Manchester United have in the middle of the park right now are Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

Pogba has made a very bright start under the management of Ralf Rangnick. But then, this is not the first time that he has shown glimpses of brilliance in a Manchester United shirt. In the past, it has not taken long for his form to fade away.

On the other hand, there are question marks about both McTominay and Fred when it comes to their consistency. There are other limitations to their individual games as well. And finally, Matic is no longer the player that he once was, which is natural considering the fact that he is 33 years of age now.

Can Manchester United finish in the top four of the Premier League?

Manchester United have a mountain to climb already, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Wolves, also competing for the third and fourth spot this season.

On top of that, they will not be helped by their lack of options in the middle of the park moving forward as we enter the business end of the season.

Let’s see how things turn out for Manchester United but it is safe to say that they will need to go on a good run of form if they are to finish in the Champions League qualification spots. And that will prove to be vital when it comes to bringing world-class players to Old Trafford next summer.

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