Jamie Redknapp believes that Manchester United still have a problem defensively, despite their huge summer outlay.
The club paid out £153 million on new players during the transfer window, but the Sky Sports pundit still feels that they haven’t entirely covered the deficiencies in the squad.
Redknapp says that although the summer signings have made them a team which is comparable to Real Madrid’s ‘Galaticos’ side, which was assembled in the early part of the century, they may still have problems with keeping goals out.
“Di Maria, Falcao, Rooney, Van Persie... it’s almost becoming a bit of a 'Galacticos' now,” Redknapp said to Sky Sports News.
“The problem is going to be defensively. They are a little bit susceptible at the back; they have lost Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand and not replaced them and that is a bit of a problem.”
Vidic and Ferdinand both left this summer to join Inter Milan and Queens Park Rangers respectively and for the early part of the season the Red Devils have certainly struggled in their absence.
However, Redknapp’s words are a little surprising as Louis Van Gaal will hoping that his duo of Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo can add the quality required to fill the void left by his two experienced centre-backs departure.
The pair, brought in for a combined fee of nearly £30 million, have not yet appeared for their new club, but both could be in line for their debuts when United take on QPR on September 14.
It will be a game in which United are looking to send out a message after a dismal start to the season.
Van Gaal's men are yet to win a competitive match and their urgency to sign big names in the transfer window appears to have been a result of that.
Redknapp clearly feels that they still haven’t done enough to eradicate all their problems, though, and if United still do show the weaknesses in defence that they have so far it will be a struggle for them to meet expectations – despite all their firepower.