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Comparisons with fletcher are difficult, fletcher was introduced patiently  into a very good man utd side with top players like Rooney and Ronaldo and they were winning league titles.

Mctominey has been brought into an absolute shambles and to some extent has been chucked into the deep end at times with players who wouldn't have got a sniff at one of Ferguson's teams.

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2 hours ago, craigkillie said:

I think we should be lining up with a defensive midfielder like McTominay regardless of who we're playing. Even in the San Marino game our midfield was wide open and had no structure because we just had three midfielders wanting to go forward every time they had the ball.

But Craig, shouldn't we be going 4 up front against teams like this, cos it's San Marino and that?  We don't need anyone defensive.  No even a keeper.

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4 hours ago, craigkillie said:

I think we should be lining up with a defensive midfielder like McTominay regardless of who we're playing. Even in the San Marino game our midfield was wide open and had no structure because we just had three midfielders wanting to go forward every time they had the ball.

You do need balance and somebody to protect your CBs, for me he has to start pretty much every game.  We have virtually no other DMs available except Ryan Jack and he's pish.

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4 hours ago, craigkillie said:

I think we should be lining up with a defensive midfielder like McTominay regardless of who we're playing. Even in the San Marino game our midfield was wide open and had no structure because we just had three midfielders wanting to go forward every time they had the ball.

Yes

There's also the fact that it gives the other midfielder less to worry about so they can focus on the offensive side of the game. Guys like McGregor and McGinn are have decent defensive attributes but it's not their natural game to sit deep.

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On 4/22/2019 at 16:51, Kuro said:

You do need balance and somebody to protect your CBs, for me he has to start pretty much every game.  We have virtually no other DMs available except Ryan Jack and he's pish.

I wouldn't even call Jack a 'defensive' midfielder. He plays in a deep role and won't make too many forays forward but he offers very little in a defensive capacity.

He starts attacks and provides a structure to the midfield. 

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