Former Liverpool and Tottenham star Jamie Redknapp has questioned Manchester United's defending against Chelsea yesterday.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has criticised the way Manchester United defended the corner, which led to Didier Drogba’s goal yesterday.
The Blues went 1-0 up when Drogba flicked a header towards goal, which Robin Van Persie was unable to keep from hitting the back of the net.
While Redknapp has praised Drogba’s skill to get the effort on target, he’s questioned why Rafael was the man left marking the Blues legend.
“When Didier Drogba slammed in that header, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Not because he had scored, but the way United defended the corner,” wrote Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
“I don’t care if Drogba’s 36 or 46, he’s still one of the best headers we’ve seen in this league. Why on earth was Rafael marking him? Drogba is 6ft 2in. Rafael is 5ft 8in.”
“Before the game every team has a list of who is marking who. There must have been raised eyebrows when those two were put together.”
Rafael is well known for being a feisty and aggressive right-back but Redknapp has a point in suggesting that he’s a very different player to Drogba in terms of physical size and strength.
Fortunately for United, the error didn’t cost them because Van Persie slammed an effort past Thibaut Courtois late on to ensure that United finished the match with a well deserved point.
United manager Louis van Gaal has been forced to play a different defensive backline at times this season, but his team are slowly adjusting and the club has time to work on errors such as this one to ensure they don’t get repeated throughout the season.
With reflection, United may have been better off with Van Persie in the mix and defending against Drogba with Rafael on the past, but Drogba’s experience and strength is still so impressive, he could have still got his head to the ball.