Phil Jones and Jonny Evans can solve Manchester United crisis says Yorke

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Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke insists that Jonny Evans and Phil Jones will solve the club's defensive crisis.

The Red Devils have won just three games so far this term and are down in 10th place in the Premier League, and have serious issues at the back. The problem reared it's ugly head once more on Sunday as Chris Smalling's red card left Louis van Gaal's men fighting a losing battle as they fell to a 1-0 to rivals Manchester City.


Smalling's absence also meant that midfielder Michael Carrick was forced to play at the back, while Antonio Valencia was forced to fill in at full-back because of an injury to Rafael. Marcos Rojo also went off injured during the game at the Etihad Stadium which bought youngster Paddy McNair onto the pitch.

With Evans and Phil Jones still sidelined, Manchester United look horribly short at the back, with fans questioning why a top quality centre-back wasn't bought in to cover for the loss of both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic over the summer.

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The likes of Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen were both linked with moves to Old Trafford before the window slammed shut, however only Rojo - who was used at full-back at the World Cup with Argentina - was added at the back.

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Now Van Gaal is being urged to splash the cash on a top quality centre-back in the January window - but Yorke believes that they already have the right man for the job on their books.

“People are saying Manchester United aren’t very good at the back but they’ve had to play without Jones and Evans," he told TalkSPORT. “Those two played have played with some of the very best in Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the past and gained vast experience.


“Jones is only 22 years and Evans is just 26, they’re coming in to their peak. These guys are crucial. Louis van Gaal hasn’t been able to play them together week in and week out.”

The defeat against Manchester City means that Manchester United are winless in their last three league games, and means this is their worst start to a season in 28 years. Next up for the Red Devils is a home tie at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace, before they travel to north London to take on Arsenal.

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