Sunday, November 18, 2018

United mulling over Ake

Nathan Ake put in a fantastic performance in Bournemouth’s narrow defeat to Manchester United this weekend, but according to Manchester Evening News, United aren’t quite convinced the 23-year-old is the solution to his problems at the back.

The Cherries took the lead through Callum Wilson’s strike in the 11th minute, and it took a goal from Anthony Martial in the 35th and a very late winner by Marcus Rashford to secure the points for United. However, there was no hiding the fact that the visitors’ defending left a lot to be desired.

Despite the late disappointment, Ake was arguably the best player on the pitch throughout the game. He displayed a fine balance between skill on the ball and doing the basics of defending with eight clearances and an 88% pass accuracy. However, what also caught the eye was his sometimes questionable positioning, as he has been known to move into a holding midfield role.

Another thing that might affect the ultimate ending to this particular link is the fact that Chelsea have a buyback clause for Ake.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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