Manchester United‘s defence has been shambolic this season. The Red Devils have managed to hold on to three clean sheets, conceding 19 goals across all competitions.
Ed Woodward’s refusal to buy a central defender in the summer transfer window, despite persistent requests from Jose Mourinho, seems to be costing the team heavily.
Eric Bailly is yet to complete a full game without making an error, while Victor Lindelof is only just finding his feet in England. Moreover, both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have failed to help David De Gea in front of goal.
The Mancunians desperately need defensive reinforcements in January, and Woodward has decided to loosen his purse this time around, and help Mourinho turn around the club’s fortunes by the end of this season.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville revealed that he would love to see Liverpool‘s Virgil Van Dijk at Old Trafford, based on his current form. The decorated full-back also suggested that Real Madrid‘s Sergio Ramos could take the commanding role at his former club.
Neville has become a huge admirer of Van Dijk. During his podcast in September, the former English International compared him to Dutch legend Jaap Stam, whilst also admitting that he was shocked by the impact the 26-year-old has made since moving to Merseyside.
Ramos or Van Dijk https://t.co/GwD0Q8GCh1
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) November 1, 2018
“I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn’t think he was worth £75m,” Neville admitted.
“And I didn’t think he would have the impact on Liverpool‘s defence that he has had. He’s a monster and is looking a bit like Jaap Stam. It looks like he just throws people out of the way.”