The former England international says that Manchester United lack strength and power in the middle of the park, citing their current midfielders as lightweight.
The general consensus suggests that United have long had a midfield dilemma - even during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final seasons in charge – and a number of players have been tried and tested without success.
But is that elusive midfielder all about strength – Or does Louis van Gaal’s current side lack a Paul Scholes-type player who could effortlessly retain possession and run a midfield from deep?
The Red Devils have splashed out big-money over the past 18 months and in Fellaini, Blind and Herrera the typical midfield stereotype styles above are as good as covered.
Paul Ince, however, still feels that United lack a midfielder powerhouse and the absence of one is the difference between themselves and title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.
“I’ve seen United a few times this season and I don’t think they have any power in that midfield area,” Ince told the Daily Mail. “I’m not saying Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind are bad players, but they’re not powerhouses. They haven’t got the legs.”
“Manchester City and Chelsea are better teams because they have power all over the pitch. Think about this Chelsea team; John Terry, Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa. “
“There was a phase three or four years ago of looking at Spain and trying to get technical like them, because they had won the World Cup. That phase has gone. Power is more essential than these nice, technical players passing the ball.”
“United keep the ball but don’t seem to go anywhere with it. Just making 600 passes doesn’t make you a great team these days.”