Maddison was the only player who looked remotely able to create anything in the first half (perhaps Gray as well). He was trying to control play and open up the game but was hampered by the complete ineptitude of Ndidi and Mendy who were responsible for slowing everything down or going backwards. In the second half it was Barnes who was our most creative player but removing Maddison and Gray pretty much put pay to any chance we had of getting anything. I don't think he realises that there aren't any limits to how many creative players you are allowed on the pitch at a time if you want. Ghezzal was okay when he came on but let's not pretend he was miles better than anyone else today; he really wasn't.First of all, I cannot comprehend the reaction to Maddison coming off. Maddison was dreadful today. He pulled out of several challenges (as he does every game), failed to track back (as he does every game), and was generally a waste of a shirt. Granted, Ghezzal isn't exactly a positive change (although he did much better than Maddison in half the time on the pitch). However, why people see Maddison as a key player is beyond me. If Mahrez had been as wasteful and lazy, he'd be hammered on here. Mahrez always worked much harder than Maddison has ever done for us.
Mendy has been carrying our midfield for months given Ndidi's lack of form. Now Mendy has dropped off, people are hammering him. I agree that playing them both is negative and stifling for us, but jumping onto the best midfielder this season is not the right response. The right response is to question the man that keeps on selecting them both irrespective of form, circumstance or opposition.
Our passing today was awful. We gave the ball away far too often and too easily. You can't win if you can't generate some momentum. Our kids choked from the start again and one of them made an error. It happens and will continue to happen. Our main problem is that, if we're going to play so many error prone kids, we have to be much more creative at the other end or every mistake will be amplified - as today.
Man Utd cruised that today. Never got out of first gear. We were well off the standard required.
As for Mendy carrying our midfield, that may have been the case for one or two games this season but he's been rubbish more than he has been competent and I'd like to see them both replaced. Choudhury has been better in the games we have seen him than both Mendy and Ndidi combined this season and it must be infuriating to sit on the bench week in week out watching the Chuckle brothers selected over him. Maddison needs better players around him or at least players more willing to go forwards rather than backwards.