Wednesday, October 18, 2017

United’s defence could cost them silverware

In the last two Premier League games Manchester United have conceded five goals.

They have looked very leaky at the back, certainly not the defending of potential champions.

Champion’s usually build from the back but at the moment its United’s attackers who are bailing out the defence week-in week –out.

Poor

I have to admit I have never been impressed with centre-back Jonny Evans. He has always struck me as the sort of player who would be decent for a team in midtable or a team battling against relegation.

However the 22 year-old is nowhere near good enough to play for a team challenging for silverware. He will be ok as backup but at the moment first choice centre-back Rio Ferdinand seems to be struggling to get fit. Evans has been exposed in the last two matches.

His positioning is poor and he seems to be really sluggish along the floor. He is a decent header of the ball but can get out jumped by smaller players. He is big enough yet lets himself get bullied by smaller players. His lack of pace can also be exposed by quick players.

Vidic

Nemanja Vidic is in my opinion one of the best centre-backs in Europe. He has recently been given the captain’s armband and I can’t imagine anybody better to captain the team. He is an old fashioned solid and rough defender.

He is like a throwback to the olden days when defenders were allowed to tackle forwards. When he arrived at Old Trafford he was relatively unknown, he is now one of the most feared defenders in the world.

He has always struck me as a leader on the pitch and that has now been acknowledged. Whenever I have seen Manchester United play this season he has spent a lot of time bailing out Evans and it has meant that United’s defence has been exposed.

O’Shea

Although John O’Shea isn’t a regular in the defence he has cost United goals this season. He could even have been sent-off against Liverpool in yesterday’s clash.

Luckily enough referee Howard Webb decided that the Irish international only deserved a yellow card for bringing down Fernando Torres on the edge of the United area, although Liverpool equalised through the resulting free-kick.

Leads

In the last two games United have thrown away two goal leads. It didn’t cost them against Liverpool in yesterday’s game but it cost them two points against Everton at Goodison Park two weeks ago. United won’t win the Premier League title by throwing away leads and they have done it in too many games already this season.

Bailed Out

It’s a good job that United’s attackers are on form or they could really be struggling this season. Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov has finally found his feet at Old Trafford and rescued two points for United in yesterday’s game and also scored United’s third at Goodison Park.

Silverware

If Manchester United continues to defend and play like they are at the moment then they could very well end up empty handed when the silverware is being given out. I’m sure United will start defending better at some point this season and it will pay off.

Will United’s defence cost them the Premier League title?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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Tony
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Tony

I think everyone is missing the point the defence is exposed for lack of defensive midfielders. Look at Chelsea, Madrid and barca even..all have essien, diarra or holding midfielders. United have old skilful players but not going to give much protection to defence. I am personally happy with that area of the team(defence)..but how long can we talk about Hargreaves being part of the team. That’s 2 years already without him!

Brad
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Our defense needs to stop this. . . case in point: conceding late equalizers against Fulham and Everton. against everton, two goals.

Dylan
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Dylan

Yes, but when you think about it no one else’s defense is really soild either. arsenal is arsenal as usual, not an awful defense but no keeper. chelsea is usually strong, but with terry’s performances of late and after ricardo c. left, i think they are no where as near as strong as they usually are at back. man city has some really strong players, but im not sure if they have their system of chemistry down yet. just look at the goal bent (i believe) scored on them the other week…

ColdTurkey
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ColdTurkey

Isnt Carvalho at Real Now? I think he is…. LOL

Kevin
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Kevin

^^^ I think you didn’t actually comprehend how he used Carvalho in his post. You would have seen that he mentioned him leaving…. LOL

Brad
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^^^^ LOL. I didn’t think of that. We can say the same about several players with Man City.

damion
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damion

nah i find their defence is good but alex needs to start rafael or fabio

the_real_deal
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the_real_deal

totally agree with damion. I mean those two boys are absolute jewels. they have shown it everytime alex has fielded them.

surely we cant afford a situation like Forlan’s where we underestimate a player and then he turns out to be world class act elsewhere. Viva Rafael, Viva Fabio.

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