Paul McGrath jokes he could still play for Manchester United

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Manchester United are so poor defensively that Paul McGrath believes he could still get in Louis van Gaal's team, according to a claim he made after Monday's disappointing 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

The former Red Devils defender shared his stinging criticism of the current squad on Twitter, after the team's frailties were exploited again by the Baggies earlier this week.

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The result means Van Gaal is still yet to win away since arriving at Old Trafford during the summer, with Manchester United currently sat in a lowly sixth place in the Premier League table with just 12 points from their opening eight games.

Below par performances have become increasingly common in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era, with widespread condemnation directed at players from supporters with frustration levels reaching boiling point.

McGrath took a more light-hearted approach to slamming the Dutch coach's team after revealing his plans to work on improving his fitness with a view to making a playing return at Old Trafford.

"Very disappointed with Man United tonight, thought they might get the 3 points but defensive problems are still glaringly obvious!" he tweeted.

"Going to try get myself fit and get back into that Defence!! Man United all over the place…"

The joke appeared to be well received by a number of the 54-year-old's Manchester United followers, who agreed wholeheartedly with the Irishman's poor perception of the existing squad.

Defensive summer signings Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw have so far failed to make a positive impact since their big-money transfers, while the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans continue to attract negativity as a result of their continued underwhelming performances.

The high-profile departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra left a gaping hole in the Red Devils back-line that Van Gaal has so far failed to fill. In his defence, his team has been ravaged by injury in the early part of the campaign, forcing the former Holland head coach to hand senior debuts to academy products Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and Tom Thorpe.

Of the three, England U21 international Blackett has impressed the most since making the step up into the first-team, but it highlights the problems that Manchester United are currently experiencing having relied so heavily on the relatively unproven 20-year-old, who prior to this season had never played competitive football higher than the Championship.

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