Three criticised United players on the up, who had momentum halted

The unexpected late season postponement came at a bad time for Manchester United considering the form we were in.

For players who have barely had a rest, like Harry Maguire and Fred, this could come as a boost.

There is a small group of players though that the break comes at precisely the wrong time.

There is a trio of players who have had their performances criticised, perhaps justly at times, while in other moments the frustration has been down to poor squad building on United’s part.

Here is a look at three who will be wanting the games to resume as quickly as possible…

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Dan James

The numbers tell their own story. James scored three goals in three games to begin his United career, and then went 32 matches without one.

Then in the final match before the enforced break, James ended that unwanted streak, with an impressive goal in the 5-0 demolition of LASK.

The goal was reward for bright performances in the games leading up to it, against Watford and Manchester City.

It was clear from his celebration how much the goal meant to him.

James’ confidence will have come surging back with the goal, as well as his determination to kick on. For now, his hopes are on pause.

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Andreas Pereira

Andreas has had plenty of criticism this season despite giving his all. The questions are about his talent level.

He has found it difficult since Bruno Fernandes signed and at times has failed to even make United’s matchday 18, just like in the derby win over City.

Like Dan James, Pereira confidence will have been lifted by his role in the victory against LASK.

Pereira only played a few minutes, and used this to score a long range goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

It was the confidence booster he needed to get back on track. The break means there will be little momentum for him.

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Tahith Chong

Tahith Chong came into the season billed as a player who had the potential to force himself into the squad as a regular.

It has not happened for him and he has found the step up to first team football tricky.

Yet in his last 64 minutes of football for United he has provided two assists.

It is finally beginning to click for the young Dutchman, and this will give him the self-belief he needs to succeed at this level.

He was due for a start in the home leg against LASK this week and really could have used this to kick on.

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