Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville feels that the Red Devils are too soft-centred and that they “going to get done week in week out”.
There is a saying that good attack wins you games, but good defence wins you titles. Manchester United produced some splendid moves upfront as the quadrate of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie started together for the first time and scored two early goals against Leicester City. But their vulnerability at the back was exposed in the second half as they let slip a two-goal lead and lost 5-3 in the end.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville feels that his former side are now too soft-centred and although the attack has improved, their defence will get done every week.
“Going forward they’re a lot better than they have been in the last 12-18 months and that’s a positive,” said Neville.
“But in the first half, every ball that got played forward from distance a Leicester player won it, whether it was the first ball or the second ball. In the second half, a decision goes against them but make no mistake about it they’re soft-centred.
“There’s no doubt Manchester United are soft-centred. They’re not tough enough.
“You saw out there today [in the Manchester City versus Chelsea match] that every time a ball went up to Diego Costa he was getting battered by (Eliaquim) Mangala and it was the same at the other end with John Terry and Gary Cahill.
“I thought the midfield three for United and the back four got bullied.
“Credit to Leicester and (Jamie) Vardy and (Leonardo) Ulloa – they really ran them ragged. It wasn’t intricate play or world-class football, it was just hard work.
“Grit, hard work, with a bit of quality mixed in with it and United couldn’t deal with the physicality of that team.
“Defensive organisation is one thing, but they’ve got to be more competitive than that and win battles and one-on-one duels, because they were soft-centred in that game.
“Even though things were going against them with a bad refereeing decision, if you can’t compete…You’re playing away in the Premier League at Leicester – what did they expect?
“Have they not learned their lessons from the Everton game a few weeks ago? You’ve got to be physical, you’ve got to stand up to your man and you’ve got to win headers, win your tackles and give them no encouragement. They didn’t do that. Leicester got encouragement, I thought, in the first half not just the second half.
“Their (United’s) three goals were brilliant, they were absolutely fantastic goals but, they’re going to get done week in week out. That was a proper test for them today against Leicester.” – The former Manchester United player said.
United now face further problems ahead of their match against West Ham United as Jonny Evans picked up an ankle injury and Tyler Blackett picked up a red card against Leicester City.