'Defence shambles, midfield ordinary, thank god for De Gea, RVP and Rooney'

Chris Smalling

Cricket legend and famous Manchester United fan Geoffrey Boycott has slammed the majority of Manchester United's side, praising only David de Gea, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Geoffrey Boycott unleashed an explosive rant towards the majority of the Manchester United side on Tuesday, lamenting both the defence and midfield, but did offer praise to Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and David de Gea.

The 74-year-old laid into Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans more than most, and went onto bizarrely label a midfield containing the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria as ordinary: 

United's win against Southampton on Monday night was a big step towards keeping fans happy, but unfortunately for the squad members on the end of his rant, the legendary cricketer wasn't one of them. 

Although it wasn't by any means the most dominant win for United on Monday, it was a game the same side would have arguably lost or drawn 12 months ago, and for the majority that shows progress. 

Nevertheless, the former England batsman went on to make a number of outlandish claims, but none more so than the comment: '50 years I've supported them and I've never seen a defence so bad.' 

Only three sides in the Premier League have conceded less goals than United this season - Manchester City, Chelsea and Southampton - so when it comes to keeping the ball out of the net, they are far from the worst. Especially when you consider the amount of injuries Louis van Gaal has had to deal with. 

The injuries mentioned by Boycott is a concerning stat for United supporters, but to have ill-feeling towards a professional sportsman that can't do his job through injury is wrong. Jones, Smalling and Evans have consistently been blighted by injuries they didn't ask for or self-inflict, so shouldn't be blamed for their absence from the side.

All three have been said to be working hard behind the scenes in order to return as quick as possible. 

It's understandable that Boycott, who is a self-confessed United supporter, will obviously be hurting over his side's recent slump since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, but should be encouraged by the recent upturn in form and results. He, like most supporters have been doing, should just enjoy the fact that United have just recorded their fifth consecutive win on the bounce and look good for a top four finish. 

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