United don’t have a team to play expansive football – Kevin Kilbane
Manchester United lacks the team to play possession football, according to Kevin Kilbane.
Upon appointing Ole Gunnar Solksjaer on interim basis last December followed a run of 8 games winning streak.
But since the memorable 3-1 win against PSG to qualify to the round 8 of last year’s UEFA Champions League and announcing Solksjaer as the manager on a full-time, form has dwindled at the Old Trafford.
This season, United have only won 2 out of their first 6 league games – and also scored just 19 goals in their last 17 games.
Kevin Kilbane, who represented Everton from 2003 – 2006 believes attempt to play expansive football is United’s problem.
According to the former Ireland international, the 20-time league champions lacked players to play such type of football.
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Kilbane told Offtheball.com, “When Solskjaer first took over they were playing a counter-attacking game and he had to get that defence right because United were leaking goals late on under Mourinho.
“He solidified the defence and got them playing a good brand of counter-attacking football.
“Now though they’re trying to dominate the ball a bit more, being a bit more expansive and they haven’t got the players to do it.”
Kilbane represented the likes of Hull City, West Bromich Albion, Sunderland, Everton, amongst others in a career that lasted 17 years.
The former player, who operated either as a left-back or winger also posited that United’s midfield, not defence was the club’s weakest link.
“I think this is probably the weakest midfield of any Man United side that I’ve ever seen, Kilbane told Offtheball.com
“Even in recent weeks with the Leicester midfield, you could probably name players outside of the top six that would certainly get into Man United’s midfield.”