Report: Arsenal great Ian Wright comments on Manchester United’s defence

Angry Louis van Gaal

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright is confident that Louis van Gaal will improve Manchester United’s defence.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has written in The Sun that Louis van Gaal will eventually sort out his Manchester United defence.

Defence has been the weakest department for United so far this season, and it was a problem once against against Southampton on Sunday.

The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Saints in the Premier League clash at Old Trafford, with Dusan Tadic scoring the only goal of the game in the 69th minute.

Wright was not impressed with United’s defending against Southampton, but he believes that Van Gaal will eventually get it right.

“Let’s be honest, Pelle wasn’t doing anything particularly special against them but his physical presence caused LVG’s defenders all sorts of problems,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun.

“Teams look at United’s rearguard and know that if they get at them, there’s every chance of securing a positive result…

“I’m sure that in time Van Gaal will get it right. It’s equally obvious he hasn’t finished spending yet, whether that’s in the current window or in the summer.

“But until he sorts out those problems in defence, you couldn’t back United with total confidence to win anything.”

United’s defence does remain a problem, although statistically it is not bad as some would suggest.

The Manchester outfit have concede 21 goals in as many games in the Premier League so far this season, just one more than defending English champions Manchester City and two more than league leaders Chelsea.

The main problem with United’s backline is that it does not inspire much confidence. True, the youngsters have done well and there have been injury problems, but their defending remains erratic.

Signing a top-class centre-back in the January transfer window would be helpful, but the problem is tat there are not many available this month.

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