Arsenal legend: This is the Man United star I feel sorry for!

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Martin Keown sympathises for Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind.

Legendary Arsenal defender Martin Keown "feels sorry" for Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind.

The Old Trafford outfit's attack has been compared with a Ferrari engine, while their defence is seemingly analogous to a Lada.

Keown, 48, himself a key part to the Gunners's defensive stability for the decade between his North London return in 1993 and his departure in 2004, likened Blind's situation at Manchester United to a man "on a boat with holes springing up everywhere and only he who is trying to empty the water out on his own with nothing but a small bucket."

United boss Louis van Gaal entered the North West picture with much acclaim due to his illustrious tenure in football management and the signings that accompanied him to the club - Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to name just two, for instance.

The club were recently humiliated due to a 5-3 loss to Leicester City, though, despite gaining a two-goal advantage twice in the game.

"The weakness in United’s defence was apparent throughout the match," said Keown.

"Daley Blind was the only non-defender not bombing forward the whole time. I felt really sorry for him."

He continued: "United just didn’t have enough players back and Ander Herrera in particular needs to learn to sit deeper. Of the front players, Wayne Rooney was the only one really tracking back, and that is unacceptable."

  PosTeamTouches / gamePass AccDuel won / gameTackle / gameClear / gameIntercept / gameFouls / gameMins / concessionAppsMins Played
Daley Blind MF United 96 93% 6 2.5 4 5 1 36 2 180
James Milner MF City 71.33 88% 7.67 5.33 1.33 2 1 64 3 192

Keown contrasted Blind's situation in the United team to Milner's at City. The Englishman gets the nod ahead of players like Samir Nasri, who are seemingly more technically-skilled than he is, but he is a functional operator and provides additional protection to the rearguard.

"United’s multi-million forward line need to be the first line of defence," said Keown.

"I admire the fact Van Gaal is trying to stand by United’s attacking traditions but look at how Manchester City and Chelsea set up — you have to occupy all parts of the pitch, not just charge forward in search of goals.

"That’s why James Milner played instead of Samir Nasri for Manchester City against Chelsea — he’s less skilful but harder working and was terrific."

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