Jamie Redknapp has suggested the problems run deeper for Manchester United's defence than just systems.
Jamie Redknapp has suggested that Manchester United’s defensive problems run a lot deeper than just systems.
United were on the receiving end of a defeat where they conceded five times against a newly promoted side, continuing the frailties they’ve had at the back since the start of the season.
Redknapp has suggested that the problems would have previously been blamed on the back three Louis van Gaal started the system with, but United opted for a back four against Leicester yesterday.
“They had no Champions League in the week and plenty of time to work on their defensive system. There were no excuses and to concede five goals against a newly promoted club is appalling,” he wrote for the Daily Mail.
“At the beginning of the season, people criticised them for using a back three but even with four they let in five goals. Can you imagine if that had happened with a three? It just goes to show there is more to their problems than just systems.”
Van Gaal has been widely praised for the transfers United made over the summer, with some gifted attacking players coming in but he failed to directly address the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Granted, neither of those players are anywhere near as good as they used to be in the prime of their United careers but the experience and organisation which was lost when the left has created a void which is still to be addressed.
Van Gaal said at the time that he wouldn’t panic buy but United had the cash available to go after some very high profile defenders, regardless of how difficult they would have been to sign.
The side is now faced with an anxious few weeks as Tyler Blackett is suspended for the next game, Phil Jones is injured, Jonny Evans is nursing an ankle problem and Chris Smalling is struggling to get back into the side.
If United are going to spend big again this winter, the defence is one of the areas they need to address.