Former Man United captain Roy Keane has concerns about both Chris Smalling and Daley Blind, and believes that the Red Devils need to add at least one, or possibly two new centre-backs, according to the Metro.
“The money United have invested, going forward they will be fine and in midfield they are not too bad but I think they are crying out for centre-halves, definitely one, possibly two,” he said.
“As long as Blind and even Smalling – I’m not sure about him – or either Jones are playing centre-half, particularly in the Champions League against bigger teams [they will struggle],” he added.
Keane’s comments come in the wake of United’s disappointing defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the opening game of their Champions League campaign, which was the second time that a team has come from behind to defeat Louis van Gaal’s side this season, after the defeat to Swansea last month.
Despite the two defeats in their last three games in all competitions, United have made a solid start defensively to the new season, with their opening three games all reaping clean sheets.
Nevertheless, the last couple of games have perhaps highlighted how the partnership between Smalling and Blind has a considerable way to go before they even begin to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the great pairings that United have had down the years.
Their situation will not have been helped by the horrific injury sustained by Luke Shaw, which means that the pair will now have to work with a different left-back, which may mean the dynamics, and success, of the back four will change while they adjust.
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