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Exclusive: Palmer diagnoses Man Utd’s one big flaw

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Former Premier League star Carlton Palmer believes that Manchester are lacking a defensive midfielder amid links with City star Wilfred Ndidi, and a run of three defeats in four matches including Saturday’s reverse against Aston at Old Trafford.

The club have wanted to sign a defensive midfielder across the past few transfer windows and have been linked with a swoop for Declan Rice.

Ndidi is also said to be of interest to United, and the club appear to be lining up a potential move for a number six next season.

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Indeed, ESPN reports that the club’s have been instructed to find alternative targets to Rice, whose price may prove prohibitive in the summer transfer window.

Ndidi is potentially seen as an alternative, having established himself as a key man at under the management of Brendan Rodgers.

And Palmer believes that the club desperately need to sign a defensive midfielder if they are to actually take the next step and start to win trophies under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Palmer said: “I think they’re just short of that now. I really do. Obviously, Ole has his way that he wants to play now. I think he’s just going to go for it; I think he’s just going to put it on teams and say ‘right, we’ve got the offensive personnel to destroy you’ and I think he’s just going to put it on teams.

“I would always have that holding midfield player; not necessarily a holding midfield player but a player who’s mobile and can break things up.

“That gives, in those tight games, Pogba the licence, where he’s not in the game, to produce that one moment of brilliance for you. You’ve got to have that player who just solidifies that midfield a little bit.”

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