Chelsea news: Five reasons Willian should snub Manchester United

Jun 8, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Brazil midfielder Willian during the first half of the group stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 8, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Brazil midfielder Willian during the first half of the group stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /
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SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 22: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United (right) celebrates his goal with Juan Mata and Ashley Young during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between AS Saint-Etienne (ASSE) and Manchester United at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on February 22, 2017 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 22: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United (right) celebrates his goal with Juan Mata and Ashley Young during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between AS Saint-Etienne (ASSE) and Manchester United at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on February 22, 2017 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images) /

United’s midfield

The key issues for Willian at Stamford Bridge are the amount of minutes he is receiving under Antonio Conte, certainly a major concern for any footballer. But, when considering the midfield choices already at United, he may not find that different of a situation in Manchester.

The Red Devils often place their midfielders centrally, looking to get forward and join strikers at the top of the formation. Within that role, Willian will again find competition that could keep him from a full-time role.

Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all have featured successfully in the Special One’s 4-2-3-1 line-up. With a desire to keep two holding midfielders as well, Willian may find himself relegated to the side-lines once more.

Along with tremendous competition at several spots within the midfield, United utilise a formation that does not play to Willian’s strengths.

Ultimately, the style and system that Manchester United have found success with this season could place Willian in the same situation that he is presently in at Chelsea.