Manchester United must improve their defence if they want to challenge

Published Add your comment

Football News

Manchester United fans will be thanking their lucky stars today, after a less than convincing win against Southampton on Sunday.

In a game that once again highlighted the potential of Anthony Martial and the importance of David de Gea, it is United's amateurish performance in defence that remains a concern for a team currently sitting second in the Premier League.

With Louis Van Gaal confirming his side will challenge for the title this year, he must be genuinely concerned that his team's defending at times, particularly on crosses, is simply unacceptable.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article:

While there is little doubt he tried to sign a world-class centre-back in the summer, he has to find the perfect balance in the two central defensive positions, tricky considering a genuine lack of options.

Interestingly enough, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have formed a decent partnership, despite observers and pundits questioning Blind's suitability due to a lack of height.

But if there are any shortfalls his game he more than makes up for it in discipline and concentration.

Even Blind, though, by his high standards, must have been disappointed by his performance yesterday, but it wasn't helped by a complete lack of organisation across the back four.

Van Gaal will need to spend a lot of time working with his defensive players and coaches over the next couple of weeks to ensure his team are ready for challenging fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City, who will be keen to stamp their authority on the league this season.

What is United's best defensive line-up in the absence of Luke Shaw? Have your say below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Manchester United
Louis van Gaal

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again