United's lack of pace more concerning than defensive frailties, says ex-player

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Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham has had his say on the club's most problematic area.

The biggest area of concern for Louis Van Gaal should be his side's distinct lack of pace, according to former academy graduate Higginbotham.

United's defence have frequently been made the scapegoat for the team's defeats and poor performances this season, but unsurprisingly Higginbotham, who was a defender himself, has jumped in to defend the backline by arguing that slowness through the middle is a more pressing issue.

Higginbotham posted the following tweets on his official Twitter account earlier today:

Van Gaal's everchanging defensive line have only conceded 21 goals so far this season, which as Higginbotham says is only bettered by Southampton - 15, Manchester City - 20 and Chelsea - 19.

While the facts are there to be seen they don't really tell the full story. Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea deserves an enormous amount of credit for United's goals against figure even being comparable to that of the top three's. United have his form alone to thank for them being in the position that they currently reside.

It is true though that lack of pace is an issue, but this isn't because the personnel aren't there. Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera are both quick, dynamic and creative midfielders, but the problem they have is that the former is played out of position and the latter finds himself restricted to substitute appearances.

If this pair ever line-up beside each other in midfield you might find the tempo and attractiveness of United's play increase somewhat.

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