Gary Neville has delivered a scathing attack on Manchester United ‘s back four and insisted they are not good enough to win a Premier League title.
Jose Mourinho lined up United’s defence with Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw, with Brighton causing havoc early on, including two goals in two minutes.
And while Neville admits a summer-long pursuit of a new centre-back has not helped instill confidence, the Man United great claims their back line is not up to winning a title.
“In the first 15-20 minutes, they melted,” Neville claimed on Sky Sports. “The five centre-backs Man United have got, none of them are authoritative or can lead.
“The problem is, when Man United were so publicly in the window chasing centre-backs, the players in the changing room, they know they’re on borrowed time.
“Bailly and Lindelof today were poor. It’s been poor recruitment on top of poor recruitment. There are players at the club that are nowhere near good enough.
“It will get better, they won’t be easy to play against, I think they will finish in the top four. At this moment in time, it looks unlikely that United are anywhere good enough [to win the title].
“That back four is not good enough to win a Premier League title. The goalkeeper, David De Gea, is the best in the world. I think midfield, with Pogba and Fred, it’s strong. Up front, they’ve got a lot of good players.
“[But] that back four will always concede goals. With Premier League title-winning teams, the base of that is a good defence.”
Bailly made two key mistakes amongst a shambolic defensive display, with Neville especially scathing at his challenge on Pascal Gross to give away a penalty, which the German converted to make it 3-1.
“Why does Bailly dive in there like that? Gross is going away from goal,” said former Red Devils full-back.
“It’s really poor from Bailly, really poor. Mourinho will hate everything he’s seeing, he cannot believe it. All of them dive in, every single one of them.”
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