Manchester United's defence worst in 50 years says critic

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England cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott has taken a swipe at Manchester United, claiming their shambolic defence is the worst he's seen in 50 years. The former Yorkshire batsman singled out Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones for individual criticism, questioning their contribution to the side after labelling them as overpaid and never fit. Boycott's controversial comments came in the aftermath of Monday's 2-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary's - a match that the Red Devils were lucky to win, even by Louis van Gaal's own admission. Manchester United's performance was so poor that Gary Neville likened Van Gaal's side to a pub team, suggesting that watching their catalogue of errors was like standing on the touchline at the 'Dog and Duck'. Van Gaal hit back at Neville during his post-match interview, but Boycott is clearly in full agreement with the former Old Trafford captain, after questioned the progress being made under the Dutchman's tutelage.

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