Man Utd need a defender, not Sancho! Neville doubts title chances with Maguire-Lindelof pairing

Man Utd need a defender, not Sancho! Neville doubts title chances with Maguire-Lindelof pairing

Man Utd want a defender, not Sancho! Neville doubts title probabilities with Maguire-Lindelof pairing

Gary Neville has warned Manchester United they want a brand new centre-back greater than they want Jadon Sancho after a horror present of their opening Premier League sport.

The previous United captain mentioned the present facet stand no likelihood of profitable the Premier League with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof on the coronary heart of their defence.

His brutal verdict was delivered as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s workforce had been crushed 3-1 by Crystal Palace at Previous Trafford on Saturday.

After ending third within the Premier League final season following a 14-match unbeaten run within the competitors, United started 2020-21 with excessive hopes of one other lofty end.

They wish to carry Borussia Dortmund’s thrilling England winger Sancho to the membership, however Neville says their precedence ought to lie elsewhere.

Talking on Sky Sports activities, Neville mentioned: “You’ll be able to discuss Jadon Sancho all you want, however till they get a centre-back in that may run and defend one on one, you’re by no means going to win the league.

“They’re not going to win the league with that centre-back pairing. They should get a cellular, fast, dominant centre-back in alongside Lindelof or Maguire.”

United had been again on home obligation 5 weeks after their 2019-20 Europa League trophy hopes had been ended by a semi-final defeat to Sevilla.

Neville mentioned United appeared “knackered”, “so leggy it’s unfaithful” and “properly in need of Crystal Palace” within the health stakes.

Lindelof, the Sweden defender who’s in his fourth season at United, was picked aside by Neville for his half in permitting Wilfried Zaha to scythe by and rating his second objective and Palace’s third.

“He’s simply not robust sufficient there, Lindelof,” mentioned Neville. “It’s a 50-50; he’s weak.”

Neville questioned what United’s response could be to their gradual begin, in mild of lots of their rivals making assertion signings.

“The same old factor for Manchester United, on the again of one thing like this, is to react – go and signal a participant or two to quell the Twitter and social media voice that may completely simmer and boil,” Neville mentioned.

“It’s been simmering all week I believe, significantly with Liverpool doing enterprise as we speak, Chelsea’s accomplished it in the previous few weeks, [Gareth] Bale’s going to Tottenham.

“Why are Manchester United not signing the gamers they should bolster this squad – a gifted squad?”

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