Manchester United have lost again in the Premier League, this time by a two-goal margin.
Last weekend the Red Devils hammered Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Old Trafford, and many football followers expected them to ease to a win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
With star striker Radamel Falcao starting along with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria, United looked a formidable force in attack even before the game.
The Manchester outfit were in control of the match at half time as they were 2-1 up, and seemed to have the three points wrapped up by the 57th minute when they went 3-1 ahead.
However, Leicester launched one of the comebacks of the season and scored no fewer than four more goals to win the match 5-3. United ended the game with 10 men after Tyler Blackett was sent off.
As good as Leicester were, United were equally bad in defence, and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has not minced his words while analysing Louis van Gaal’s side’s defensive performance.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the encounter, the former England international star came down harshly on United’s failure to sign a world-class central defender in the summer.
‘The bigger picture for United is that they are the biggest spenders in Europe and they didn’t buy a defender’, said the 36-year-old. ‘They weren’t shocked that (Rio) Ferdinand was gone - they let him go. (Nemanja) Vidic announced (his departure) in January, I think...
'You look at them going forward and they look like the old United. There is pace in that side and there are lots of players who can score goals.
'But they are nowhere near good enough at the back. To spend that much money and not bring in a top-class defender, that is mismanagement'.
Harsh words from Carragher indeed, but are they justified? Perhaps. Although Van Gaal brought in Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, neither is genuinely ‘world class’.
While the Netherlands international can play at left-back and in defensive midfield, the Argentine can feature in central defence, left-back and left wing-back.
Both Blind, who is set to be the anchorman in midfield for United, and Rojo are 24 years of age and will only get better with time, but United needed an experienced and genuinely top-class centre-back who could directly replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.