Manchester United Need Defensive Leader Claims Former Liverpool Midfielder

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Danny Murphy thinks the balance of Louis van Gaal’s side is wrong.

Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy feels Manchester United are being let down by a lack of defensive leaders in their side, BBC Sport reports.

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The Red Devils lost 5-3 to newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday despite twice leading in the game.

Van Gaal’s men conceded four times in 21 minutes and Murphy believes that happened because there aren’t enough experienced defensively minded players in the Dutchman’s squad.

”They (United) were still 3-2 up with less than half an hour remaining and, although they were under pressure, the game should still have been in their control. Instead, they were nervous.

”When you are in that situation, leadership matters. I am talking about somebody at the back organising things – telling a couple of midfielders to sit in front of the defence and saying “stay there and don’t move”.

”In the past, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have been that voice, but they have gone and not been replaced.”

Murphy also thinks United’s inexperienced central defenders were let down by full backs Marcos Rojo and Rafael.

”Rojo is still adapting to the English game and I felt he struggled against the Foxes.

”For the home side’s fourth goal, he was caught out of position after pushing on past Juan Mata, who was then caught in
possession, allowing Leicester to break and score.

”It was a poor decision by the Argentina international, and it was not the only time it happened. Again, that comes down to inexperience.”

Although United spent nearly £150 million on new players during the summer, they failed to sign any quality centre backs to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who both left during the summer.

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