Micah Richards points out major Man Utd ‘tactical flaw’ that left wonderkid ‘exposed’ against Bournemouth

FORMER England star Micah Richards has highlighted a “tactical flaw” with Manchester United’s current style of play.

The Red Devils were held to a 2-2 draw by Bournemouth on Saturday.

Micah Richards claimed Willy Kambwala (L) needed more protection against Bournemouth


Micah Richards claimed Willy Kambwala (L) needed more protection against BournemouthCredit: AFP
The ex-City star claims Kambwala is being exposed by United's midfield


The ex-City star claims Kambwala is being exposed by United’s midfieldCredit: Sky Sports
Richards highlighted a 'tactical fault' in Man Utd's line-up


Richards highlighted a ‘tactical fault’ in Man Utd’s line-upCredit: Getty

Dominic Solanke broke the deadlock in the 16th minute but Bruno Fernandes fired his team level at the half-hour mark.

Summer signing Justin Kluivert restored Bournemouth‘s lead before half-time.

However, Fernandes equalised again after the break to clinch a point for Erik ten Hag‘s side.

United now sit seventh in the Premier League table, 13 points off the top four.


And Richards believes there is a fault in Ten Hag’s tactics that is stopping them from winning games.

Speaking on the The Rest is Football podcast, the ex-Manchester City star said: “I felt a little bit sorry for [Willy] Kambwala. In terms of protection, Man Utd’s midfield don’t seem to be working together.

“They are working hard. I think a lot of people look at the team and think they’re not working. They are actually working hard.”

Gary Lineker went on to ask: “In that case Micah, would you say that is a tactical flaw?”

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And Richards responded: “This is exactly to my point. It’s a tactical thing.

“So we know [Kobbie] Mainoo is very good now, he’s more than just a No6. He’s a No8 who can get into the box. And sometimes him and Fernandes become on the same line.

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“And Casemiro, fantastic player, but maybe he doesn’t have the legs he used to have where he could dominate the midfield by himself. He needs a little bit more help.

“Two of them will press, Fernandes and Mainoo, and there’s a massive gap.

“And then Casemiro has to go engage, but young Kambwala, 19 years of age, he’s exposed.

“He’s a good player, he did very well, he did very well in the Liverpool game. But at that age, away from home, you just need a little bit more structure.

“[Diogo] Dalot, who has been playing really well, had a bad game at right-back. No communication. [Alejandro] Garnacho got subbed at half-time as well so they’re just missing that real lack of, maybe identity in how they want to approach games for different opponents. That’s what I see for Man Utd.”

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer went on to highlight the importance of United captain Fernandes.

He said: “I know he’s not everyone’s favourite, but where would they be without Bruno Fernandes?”

Lineker continued: “Absolutely. He’s a very talented player. It would be interesting to see him in a team that was really structured and going well and successful.


“He’s not had that really at Man Utd, whether he’s part and parcel of that I don’t know. He’s a wonderfully gifted footballer there’s no question about that.”

Man Utd next face Coventry in an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.