'99 Champions League winner comments on current United defence: 'I think it's more...'

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Ex-Manchester United defender Henning Berg has given his verdict on the current Manchester United defence, insisting in the modern game it's more a collective team effort than simply the back four.

There is no team in the world more under the microscope at the minute than David Moyes's Manchester United. Although, after such a poor season it should only be expected.

The unforgiving nature of being under the microscope is that every imperfection is magnified, which of course, allows every Tom, Dick and Harry that has ever been associated with the sport, been to a football game or even watched a football game to give an opinion on how to improve matters. Usually, this consists of a long-winded sentence followed by the phrase 'Moyes out.'

In a refreshing interview with talkSPORT, former United defender Henning Berg defended the current United defence and put more emphasis on the team as a unit.

When asked by Alan Brazil whether Manchester United needed a brand new back four, the Champions League winner said: 'I think it's more about the collective team game.

'I think in modern day football you don't just play with the back four to defend, you play with the whole team.

"You have to be compact, everyone needs to know their position and everyone has to do their job.'

Using the game against Manchester City as an example, he added: 'City were too quick, too good and the movement and combination play in and around them.

'Of course you can say this player is not good enough and this player is not good enough, but I think it's more of a team game.'

'I think looking at them and knowing the players, I've seen these players play so good before, and not that long ago.'

A quite refreshing stance on matters at Old Trafford, which sometimes does take a person with so much experience in the game to understand. And in many ways, I believe he is correct.

The Manchester United team this season, in comparison with last, is nowhere near the same sort of standard, in particular the defensive unit of United which has looked porous a lot of the time.

However, as Henning Berg points out, I don't believe that is purely down to the back four unit. I don't feel like the midfield, nor the attack has been playing with the same vigour as they did last season. Most of the time it's easy to label the Manchester United side as 'going through the motions,' which shouldn't happen at the highest level.

Every player in the side, in my opinion, deserves to be carry the burden of their poor defensive efforts, not just the back four.

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